Sunday, September 23, 2007
Mime Legend Marcel Marceau Dies at 84
Mime legend Marcel Marceau dies - CNN.com: "When the Germans marched into eastern France, he and his family were given just hours to pack their bags. He fled to southwest France and changed his last name to Marceau to hide his Jewish origins. With his brother Alain, Marceau became active in the French Resistance. Marceau altered children's identity cards, changing their birth dates to trick the Germans into thinking they were too young to be deported. Because he spoke English, he was recruited to be a liaison officer with Gen. George S. Patton's army. In 1944, Marceau's father was sent to Auschwitz, where he died. Later, he reflected on his father's death: 'Yes, I cried for him.' But he also thought of all the others killed: 'Among those kids was maybe an Einstein, a Mozart, somebody who (would have) found a cancer drug,' he told reporters in 2000. 'That is why we have a great responsibility. Let us love one another.'"
Posted by SM Schwartz at 9:00 PM