Algerian-born French author, poet and Romanist Émile Moussat was the son of journalist Georges Moussat (1858-1911). Émile Moussat was a school teacher before serving during World War I. He was captured early in 1914 and held as a prisoner-of-war (POW) in Germany until the end of the war.
One of his best-known works Der Himmel über Dietkirchen (Heaven over Dietkirchen) tells about his experiences as a POW in these times. His memories are now a valuable source for historians and provide insights into the everyday’s life of a prisoner-of-war camp during World War I. After his release he taught further in Metz and Paris and joined the Résistance during World War II. At the end of 1940, the Gestapo arrested him in front of his students. He was reportedly released to his family, with the help of a World War I veteran within the Nazi intelligence service.
Mixed Literature, Lyric Works