The Secrets of Rue St Roch

My dear friend Janet Morgan has published a book about Lise Rischard’s espionage in Luxembourg during WWI. Rather than talk about this great book, here are reviews from The Herald, The Observer, The Scotsman with a nice picture of Janet with Baschwitz-Meau’s picture and baloon map, a silly review by Scotland on Sunday, the Telegraph a local copy of the Times, Station.lu, and BBC Radio 4.

My dear friend Janet Morgan has published a book about Lise Rischard’s espionage in Luxembourg during WWI. Rather than talk about this great book, here are reviews from The Herald, The Observer, The Scotsman with a nice picture of Janet with Baschwitz-Meau’s picture and baloon map, a silly review by Scotland on Sunday, the Telegraph a local copy of the Times, Station.lu, and BBC Radio 4. Last week’s Sunday Times had a review that I can’t find online Amazon has republished.

Thank you Janet.

One thought on “The Secrets of Rue St Roch”

  1. Guillaume,

    This certainly maybe a long shot, but while I was home last month, for my Belgian grandmother’s 95 birthday, she asked me if I could do some research in the internet and try to find something on her grandmother, Judith Meau.

    She specifically asked if I could find anything about Judith’s first son, she didn’t know his name, all she knew is that it was a son by a previous marriage of her grandmother that had died or dissapeared after fighting in WWI.

    I just found your posting and from there all the articles on Janet’s book (which of course I’m going to order!)

    Is it possible that my grandmother is the niece of Albert Baschwitz Meau? It’s crazy, but there are so few Meau!

    All I know is that Judith Meau ended up marrying Bernard VanGulick and had a daughter, Julia VanGulick, who married another VanGulick, Constant, and had four daughters, of which my grandmother is the only one left.

    My grandmother’s name is Marie Therese VanGulick VanGulick. She had always wanted to know more about her grandmother, who lived with them and was a “magical” woman. I’ve seen her picture and she’s not lying, she even had a set of divinatory cards that she had designed herself. My mother has copies of them.

    It was impossible for my grandmother to get any information out of her. I think this might have been due to her being Jewish. I’ve only found that out a few years ago.

    On Constant’s side, there was another (I think) Jewish woman that was her mother (my grandmother’s paternal grandmother,) Marie-Julienne VANMIEGHEM, who married Bernard’s brother Joseph-Leonard. I’ve only found that out recently as well. So, it turns out that both her grandmothers were Jewish and she wasn’t told much history on that side of her family. (Although she has many tales on the VanGulick side, all the way to when they were called De Julier (or De Juillet) and had to change their name. That, of course, is another story:-)

    Is there a way that you can pass on this information to Janet Morgan and her husband? If Albert ends up being the person she’s looking for, it would make her incredibly happy, but I don’t want to tell her anything until we’re sure, of course.

    The picture they show in the book…I have to see a copy closer, because I think I’ve seen a picture just like it in her photo albums. Of course, I’m not sure of that either! This is all pretty crazy and I feel a bit stupid writing this, especially if it turns up being nothing at all… but I just have to. It’s too many coincidences!

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