Add comment February 17th, 2011 Headsman
“A philosopher-mathematician loaded with explosives, lucid and reckless, resolute without optimism. If that’s not a hero, what is a hero?”
On this date in 1944, French intellectual Jean Cavaillès was shot at Arras for his role in the French Resistance.
The university lecturer had been called up as France mobilized against Germany, and captured in the ensuing German blitz.
Escaping, he started a subversive newspaper, was appointed to the Sorbonne, got captured again, escaped again, made it to London, and returned to occupied France to direct a sabotage campaign.
On this day..
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- 1688: James Renwick, to end the Killing Time - 2016
- 1526: Guillaume Jobert, Genevieve-blasphemer - 2015
- 1815: Eight deserters by order of Andrew Jackson - 2014
- 1938: Juan Soldado, patron saint of Mexico-US migrants - 2013
- 1524: Not Jean de Poitiers, father of the mistress - 2012
- 1872: Gomburza - 2010
- 1600: Giordano Bruno, freethought martyr - 2009
- 2004: Cameron Willingham, for an accidental fire? - 2008