Stephane Hessel

“Stéphane Frédéric Hessel (20 October 1917 – 27 February 2013) was a diplomat, ambassador, writer, concentration camp survivor, former French Resistance fighter and BCRA agent. Born German, he became a naturalised French citizen in 1939. He participated in the editing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. “[wiki dixit]

Hessel is the author of Indignez-vous! (french version, english version). In my mind, he stands near Aaron Swartz, like a kind of symbolic couple grandparent and grandson. This type of affinity, which jumps over a generation, seems to be a modern phenomenon. I began to recognize it by reading the very interesting book (in french, but maybe there are also english translations) ” Génération 69 : Les trentenaires ne vous disent pas merci” by Laurent Guimier and Nicolas Charbonneau.

 

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