By Jane Nambi
French hero, Stéphane Hessel has died at the age of 95, his son, Antoine confirmed.
Hessel died on Tuesday in Paris. He came to the public eye in 2010 when he published a 4, 000 word pamphlet called “Indignez-Vous!”. The pamphlet was calling onto young people to burn with the desire to say no to injustice just like it burned inside them during the second World War. However, he was talking about peaceful rebellion against the ‘dictatorial forces of international capitalism’.
The book, which was originally s, 000 words had 29 pages (only 14 of text) and was published by a two person publishing house; it was held together by two staples. It was translated into more than a dozen languages and sold over three million copies in Europe in less than a year. In the US, it was published as “Time for Outrage!”
Stéphane Hessel was born in Berlin in 1917 to Franz, a German writer and translator and Helen Grund, a German art student. His father died in 1941 just after France fell into the hands of the Nazis. He then moved to London and joined the resistance movement. He returned to Paris where he was captured, tortured and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp. He escaped hanging by exchanging identities with a French soldier who had died of typhoid fever and was sent to a different camp. He again escaped from the camp and returned to Paris, which at the time had been liberated.
Mr. Hessel is survived by his wife, Christiane Hessel-Chabry, and three children from an earlier marriage.