Fresnes Prison file photo [27035]

Fresnes Prison

Type   166 Prison Camp
Historical Name of Location   Fresnes, Île-de-France, France
Coordinates   48.763611000, 2.321944000


ww2dbaseThe Fresnes Prison was located in the town of Fresnes south of Paris, France. It was constructed between 1895 and 1898. During the German occupation of France in WW2, it housed captured British Special Operations Executive agents and members of the Resistance. When Allied forces neared Paris in the summer of 1944, Gestapo guards reduced the prison population by execution, and then relocated surviving prisoners to various concentration camps east of France. It remains in use as a prison facility at the time of this writing in 2017.

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Last Major Update: Sep 2017

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31 May 1943 Berthe Albrecht was executed by hanging at the Fresnes Prison in Fresnes, France.

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1. Anonymous says:
19 Feb 2016 01:09:50 PM

My father was shot down at Pont du Brique.His name was Eugeniusz Jan Adam Nowakiewicz.He was hidden by two French sisters and found work in a French hospital.The Germans discovered him and because he had no papers,he was considered a spy and aggressively interrogated in Fresnes prison for seven months before being sent to Stalag Luft 3.Do you have any details,please,Regards,Rita
2. Brenda Smith (Hartley) says:
7 May 2016 11:26:31 AM

It was my pleasure to have been a friend of your father for many years when he lived in Park Lane Whitefield. I remember his daughter but always thought her name was Maria but perhaps you were known as that. I was at Bury General at the time of his death and Maria and Terry came back to my house which was nearby. My husband and I attended his funeral at Blackley.
3. Anonymous says:
22 May 2016 10:58:36 AM

My French born mother may have been interned in Fresnes sometime between between November 1942 and May 31, 1943, after which she was sent to German prisons. Her name was Andree Boziere Santoni, but she may have used the name Liliane Santoni. She was aiding the French underground. Daughter Marilyn is looking for details or any information. Thank you.
4. Anonymous says:
28 Jun 2017 08:06:47 AM

Try the National Archives for Liberation Report WO208/3332/1043 regarding Nowakiewicz.
5. Anonymous says:
23 Dec 2018 07:35:37 PM

Arthur Bradley Davies was arrested by the gestapo in april-may 1942 and sent to Fresnes Prison. Is there any record of his detention in Fresnes?
6. A Davies says:
25 Feb 2019 01:56:09 AM

As a Relative of Arthur Bradley Davies. I would like to speak to 5. anonymous about this perhaps share information?
7. Andrew Glenn says:
13 Oct 2019 10:56:35 PM

It seems that Davies was arrested twice-firstly by the Abwehr in April 1942 and then again in July 1942. Happy to share information. Is that Chadwick?
8. David Kirsh says:
1 Mar 2020 02:45:34 PM

I am looking for records for Edith Duckwitz nèe Caspary who was imprisoned and interrogated by the Sicherheitsdienst at Fresnes late 1943 until August 1944 when she was transferred to Berlin. When she was arrested in Haute Savoie for working with the Maquis she was initially believed to be French from Strasbourg. She had been involved in a plot to kill Hitler before WWII which is why she was transferred to Berlin as the Allies approached Paris: in the aftermath of the July 1944 coup attempt, the Nazis thought she could provide more exhaustive information about the anti-Nazi German Resistance. Are there records of prisoners kept by the Germans during WWII?
9. David Kirsh says:
27 Apr 2020 07:00:09 PM

In FBI interview she said she used the name Edith Durenberger with French documentation provided for previous espionage work she’d done. The Germans only established her true identity around April 1944. Apparently that was when the interrogations began in earnest.
10. Anonymous says:
28 Jan 2021 10:19:18 AM

I think my father was held in Fresnes before being sent to Stalag Luft 3.
E J A Nowakiewicz
11. Mervyn says:
20 Apr 2021 05:36:34 PM

Was Odette Churchill imprisoned there during the war as depicted in the movie, Odette?
12. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
20 Apr 2021 06:36:40 PM

Mervyn (above):
According to her Wikipedia page, she was.
13. Colin Cohen says:
12 Sep 2021 09:08:24 AM

A google search on Arthur Bradley Davies links to this page, but I cannot find him on it, or with the search bar top right
14. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
12 Sep 2021 05:47:25 PM

Colin Cohen (above):
Click on “Show Older Comments” three spaces above this comment, and the conversation about Arthur Bradley Davis begins with Comment #5.

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