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Wind Crest Resident Jean Rene Champion Publishes His Memoirs; WWII Veteran Celebrated VE Day by Drinking Hitler's Champagne

January 28, 2014

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (January 28, 2014) - Wind Crest retirement community resident Jean Rene Champion was a tank commander in the Free French Army during WWII who did something unusual on May 8, 1945 when Allied forces formally accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany. He celebrated VE Day by going to Hitler's mountain home in Berchtesgaden and drinking Hitler's champagne.  "It was unusually delicious," he said.
Champion, who was wounded twice during the campaign to liberate Europe, has just published his memoirs that chronicle his participation in extraordinary historical events. Here is a link to the Barnes & Noble Nook version of the eBook (it is also available on iTunes).  A sample of his memoir can be read online by clicking on the cover image. 
Champion was born in Paris in 1921. He immigrated to the United States when he was 8 years old and lived with his family in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, until he was 16 years old.
When World War II broke out and Hitler's army occupied his native France, Champion volunteered for the Free French Army. Champion's tank division was involved in the liberation of Paris.  He earned numerous decorations from the French government, including the Legion d'Honneur, the highest honor given.
Champion returned to the United States after WWII and earned a PhD. in anthropology from Columbia University. He later became a college professor.