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To put some context on "his cell, which was often freezing, was too cold", https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_de_Joux shows that the fort is on the other side of the border from "the Siberia of Switzerland", where they say temperatures can descend to -40.

(-40 C or -40 F, it doesn't matter. 233 K)

also occurred in the area: the Bourbaki Army asylum at the end of the Franco-Prussian war. https://www.icrc.org/en/doc/resources/documents/article/othe...

Its interesting that coldest place en Suisse isn't some 4500m peak, but a valley in relatively low-lying hills far from anything very high.

And you are right, its actually impressive he survived for so long there.

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