THE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL THAT FOUGHT FASCISM: an interview with Dan Snow
Updated: Apr 17
A few weeks ago I was interviewed for for Dan Snow's History Hit podcast on the subject of of Saint-Alban, the psychiatric hospital that acted as a hub for the French resistance during the 2nd World War. I originally wrote about this for Aeon back in September 2021. The interview is now live. You can listen to it using the doo-dah below, or just search your preferred outlet for 'Dan Snow's History Hit'. The episode is dated March 9th 2023 and titled 'The Psychiatric Hospital that Fought Fascism'. I hope you enjoy it.
Thanks to Dan for having me on the show and to Mariana Des Forges, the show's producer, for reading the article and searching me out.
Image: psychiatrist Francois Tosquelles standing on the roof at Saint-Alban, holding up a boat made by Auguste Forestier, a patient and artist resident at the hospital.
Read or listen to a discussion about Saint-Alban between me, historian Camille Robcis and documentary-maker Martine Deyres.
Listen to my translation of Paul Eluard's poem Liberté.
Read a four-part story of the Tosquelles family's flight from Franco.