II. World War II and BeckettJune 27, 2021
Beckett joined the French Resistance after the German invasion in 1940. She worked as a courier for two years and was in danger of being caught by the Gestapo many times.
Due to the denunciation of his unit in August 1942, he fled south with Suzanne and hid in the town of Roussillon, Vaucluse, in the Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Here, he continued to help the Resistance by hiding ammunition in his backyard. During his two years in Roussillon, he supported the sabotage of the Maquis guerrillas against the German Army in the Vaucluse Mountains.
The French Government awarded Beckett with the War Cross (Croix de Guerre) and the Medal of Resistance (Médaille de la Résistance) for his efforts in the fight against the German invasion. However, until the end of his life, Beckett always referred to his activities during this period as “scout work”. During his tenure at Roussillon, he worked on his novel Watt “in order not to be disconnected”. (This novel, which began in 1941, finished in 1945, but was not published until 1953.)