Wolf Finkelstein


Finkelstein Wolf, born August 22, 1912 in Vilna (Poland), lost his parents when he was only seven years old, and at the age of twelve he had to start working. Very young, he became an activist in labor unions and several time experienced the Pilsudski jails. Many times forced to flee, he stayed sometime in eastern Poland, then in Danzig, Holland and Germany before reaching Paris in 1934, where he met the difficult life of a political refugee.
When war started, Wolf Finkelstein, alias Solomon, joined the French Army. He was incorporated into a regiment of foreign volunteers confined in Barcares (Pyrénées-Orientales) and there, because the roughness of an officer accustomed to the brutality of the Foreign Legion, he had a head injury and was discharged without any medical certificate.
The occupation of France meant for him again underground life and active participation in the resistance movement. But in 1941, the police managed to arrest him and he was sent first to the turrets and then to the camp of Pithiviers (Loiret), where he participate to the organization of a very active underground resistance group within the camp ...
On 24 June 1942, he was deported to Auschwitz where he supported the morale of his companions in misery. At the end of 1943 he was sent with 4,000 deportees to Warsaw to clear the ruins of the Ghetto. Some of his comrades, survivors of the deportation, told hat he was seen last on August 5, 1944, still fighting despite the suffering. He joined a group of Polish patriots in Warsaw to continue the fight with weapons in the hands, and it is in a fight, a few days later, that died Wolf Finkelstein, just aged 32.


Extract de "Heros et Martyrs de la résistance"
David Diamond Edition Renewal