Gégé lived with her parents in a fashionable district of Paris and employed a full time cook throughout the German occupation. The cook was a short, thin middle aged lady who was very dependable and did all to provide meals for the family of Gégé, her parents, a brother and two sisters.
She would go to the markets and shops with all the family’s ration cards very early in the morning to be sure that she could get something of whatever was available. The rationed goods often were sold out early in the day and were unavailable even with ration cards.
They trusted this woman completely, but one day, after two years into the occupation, Gégé’s mother found small amounts of food hidden in the back of the oven. The cook had taken tiny portions from each amount she was able to purchase to take to her own family.
Gégé’s mother was incensed and wanted to fire the cook. But Gégé’s father calmed her down. “This is what hunger can do to a person. She is a good woman was providing a little extra for her family. We must forgive her.”
They kept their cook who stayed with them until long after the Germans were gone.