The smile at Auschwitz: Uncovering the story of a young girl in the French Resistance

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A photo taken at Auschwitz shows a teenage girl smiling, as if in a display of defiance in one of the darkest places in human history. The striking image inspired an investigation to uncover the extraordinary story of Lisette Moru, a young member of the French Resistance.

FRANCE 24 journalist Stéphanie Trouillard has specialised for years in the history of the Second World War. Four years after the release of her award-winning web documentary "'If I ever come back': A French schoolgirl's letters from the Holocaust", she publishes a new investigation into this tragic era, coincinding with France's national day of remembrace for the victims of deportation.

While researching the war in her native Brittany, she chanced upon a striking photo of a young deportee known as Lisette. The image shows the teenage girl at Auschwitz, smiling, as if she is challenging her executioners in some way. Her show of defiance in one of the darkest places in human history inspired a quest to find out who Lisette was, what she did and what happened to her.