Sullerot describes the mentality of people living in the occupied north as being much different from that in the unoccupied south:
“…it was easier to resist there. The Germans were there. There was so much to be done. Like blowing up trains. People were so much more understanding and opposed to the enemy. The atmosphere was completely different” (Sullerot 16).
Like many, Sullerot found her resistance cell through old friends in Compiegne:
“I became involved in a resistance network through childhood friends. It was headed by a twenty year old chum who was in charge of over a thousand. He was tortured horribly when he was captured. (Sullerot 16)”