A cheering ceremony in Cahors around Christmas when Madeleine Gaillard-Arnouil received a Yad Vashem medal from the Israeli consul based in Marseille in recognition of her grandmother's courage in hiding a young Jew, Frédéric Fendler, in her Cahors attic for a year during World War II.
Frédéric and his sister Suzanne had fled to Cahors from Paris, where their parents were jewellers, and it was there that Frédéric found refuge in the house of the late Esilda Arnouil, grandmother of Madeleine. His sister Suzanne was also hidden by the family. The 6-year-old Madeleine discovered the surprised Frédéric one day, a discovery which precipitated Frédéric's decision to leave his hiding place and join the maquis, scared that he would eventually be discovered. He did so and survived the war.
The incident was made public by the son of Fendler, Eric, which led to the award. "We are all Cadurciens today" said one of the Fendler family in their speech of thanks to the Arnouils.