Yankl  Szpan

Born in 1910 in Warsaw. Studies in the Heder. Left in 1924 with his parents to Palestine. Banned by the British for revolutionary activities in January 1931, he returned to Poland. There  in Warsaw works in several professions. He also collaborate in the "Literature Tribune ".  Often in prison for his political activities. Leaves to Paris in August 1936. Works in "Naïe press" and "Parizer Journal". In 1939 he publishes his book "Oyf schwern grunt", the same year volunteers  for the French army. Trains in Barcarès but demobilized for a serious disease of the eyes. Under the German occupation he lives in Paris with his wife Chawa from which he get a son Albert in 1941. Later refugee in the so called “free zone” he was arrested with his wife and son in Indre.  They succeed  escaping from the Douadic camp. After a long journey they found refuge in Savoie. When the Germans resumed control of the Savoie, Yankl joins the Resistance. Arrested in November 1943 in Chambéry while in mission, he was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and gassed.   

 

From a biography by  Moshé Schulstein

« Izkor buch » U.J.R.E. 1946      


 

On this picture shot in, Barcares can be recognized Y.Szpan,

M.Schulstein, I.Blum and J.Zytnicki