Tribute to Max Sarcey
For many years, he was one of the youngest "Veterans", a “grand resistant”
.Max Sarcey was born into a family of Jewish
immigrants from Poland workers. His childhood was spent in the busy streets of pre-war
Belleville between secular schools and progressive organizations of the Jewish
youth. At the outbreak of war in September 1939, he was 13.
With the occupation of France by the Nazis and the arrival of anti-Semitic persecutions, Max got soon aware of the mortal danger of the situation. He enlisted in the FTPMOI partisans and after the arrests of Jews on July 16th, 1942, he located in Lyon, where his goal was to reach the Free French Forces.
After a stint in jail Franco in Spain, he reached England, where he engaged in th special assault sections (Sky Battalions). Max and his cousin Joseph Dymenstein were the two youngest French paratroopers.
Parachuted into Normandy in June 1944, he participated in all the battles until the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
Man of great culture, it leaves the memory of delicious human been, full of Yiddish humor and” joie de vivre”.
His involvement in all major militant struggle against anti-Semitism, for social progress and peace, was exemplary.
(published in Our Will, January 2001)