Mrs Odile Hervé-Bazin

Dear friends,
I have just heard of the death of Mrs. Odile Hervé-Bazin.
I just want to say a few words about how we met and why she joined our association.
It was in 2011. As part of the annual meeting of « Alumni of the Lycée de Saumur », a show was planned with some former students who had made music or theater their job:

At the beginning of the show, I explained to my comrades (which I saw for the first time in more than 50 years), the current fallout of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange, Orange diHoxyn etc.

At the end of the concert, while I was putting away my guitar, an elderly lady came and said :
« What your association does is great. I would like you to use my name to bear the cause that you defend ».

I answered her. « I thank you very dear madam, unfortunately I do not know your name ».

« I am Odile Hervé Bazin, the widow of the novelist. I'm sure that alive, he would have participated in your fight, that's why I suggested you use my name, our name ».

I told him how fortunate our association was to have such a reinforcement. And I proposed to her to be part of the Committee of Honor. She has accepted.

Several months later, I found on the site of the Association of Franco-Vietnamese Friendship a letter showing that in 1960 (I believe) Hervé Bazin had been one of the founders of this association. Hervé Bazin was more than a novelist! I sent the photocopy of the letter to Mrs Hervé Bazin. I don't know if this letter is still in the archives of the AAFV.

Odile, thank you again for fighting with us so that the victims of Agent Orange are rescued.

Quang

Letter

14/06/2017