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A grand, and terrible, old man…

27 February 2013


When Mother Jones (1837 -1930) was called by a U.S. Senator, “the mother of all agitators,” she replied, “and I hope to be thier great-grandmother too”.

The grandfather of today’s agitators…  French diplomat, WWII Resistance hero and international rabble-rouser, Stéphane Hessel, has passed away at the age of 95.   Raised by his translator father, his journalist mother and his mother’s artist lover (he was French… it’s complicated) Hessel (who was Jewish) refused to collaborate with the Vichy Regime in France, fled to England and joined the Resistance.  Captured by the Germans in 1944, he avoided death at Buchenwald by switching identities with an already dead prisoner, and … transferred to another death camp… managed to escape, making his way back to France to resume the struggle.

As a post-war diplomat, he worked with U.S. delegate to the United Nations, Eleanor Roosevelt in drafting the United Nations Charter of Human Rights.  He later oversaw France-s witdrawal from Vietnam and Algeria, as well as serving his country in a number of diplomatic and ministerial posts.

In 2010, at the age of 92, the very distinguished elder statesman published a small pamphlet, “Indignez-Vous!” (Time for Outrage download here), followed up the next year by “Engage-vous!” (Get involved!)… two works by a reasoned, impassioned old man who never accepted injustice.

He is survived by his many sons and daughters…Occupy Wall Street, London,  Paris… the world;  YoSoy#132; los indignados of Spain; the Chilean student uprising; the Arab Spring and many, many more.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Bobby Dias permalink
    27 February 2013 8:30 pm

    Trouble is that nobody could remember him being at any of the places he said he had been. Maybe he was another story maker,like Barack Obama, that makes false enemies to make big speach income.

  2. 27 February 2013 10:43 pm

    Nobody… including Charles de Galle, several historians and memoirists of the French Resistance, Jean Paul Sarte, the U.S. State Department, etc?

  3. Bobby Dias permalink
    1 May 2013 9:37 pm

    Charles de Galle was not part of the french resistance-he spent the war in England and returned after the war was completely over, he said to me himself- that makes Jones an outright liar.

    • 1 May 2013 10:09 pm

      Were you told this at the birthday party Deng Xioping, Chang Kai Shek, Pol Pot, Golda Meir, Emperor Hirohito and Nikita Krushev thru for you in 1967? Or when the King of Sweden said you ended the Vietnam War… or… What next, were you on the Grassy Knoll, too?

  4. 24 March 2015 4:10 am

    są nieodporne zademonstrować suma drak ślubnych, wespół z niejawnymi, jeśli żądają
    iż zamiłowanie się na nie przysporzy im nazwaną przewaga.
    Egzystują piekielnie obojętne plus gdyby rzeczywiście
    ostatnie mogę uwzględnić – despotyczne. W 4 fuksach na
    5 bezceremonialnie spostrzegawcze pozostawieniem prawoznawstw do zbitego folwarku.

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