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The Black Terrorist

The Black Terrorist

Author(s): Tierno Monénembo

Location(s): Guinea, France

Genre(s): Nonfiction

Era(s): 1930s

The Black Terrorist is a fictional account built around the true, extraordinary, but little-known story of Addi BA. Addi BA was born in Guinea about 1916, brought to France in the late 1930s, and became a riflemen in the Twelfth Regiment de Tirailleurs SEnEgalais (African soldiers from French colonies) fighting for France during World War II. Captured after the Battle of the Meuse, Addi escapes from German forces, wanders in the forests, before finding refuge in a village in the Vosges, where he encounters the French Resistance and becomes a leader of a Resistance network. However, Addi is captured, tortured, and executed in December 1943. His military exploits against the Germans earned him the name “the black terrorist.”

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