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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 09:11 PM

Stéphane Hessel, writer and inspiration behind Occupy movement, dies at 95

Rest in peace you wonderful man
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/writer-activist-stephane-hessel-dies-aged-95
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From his childhood in Berlin and then Paris, where he was brought up by his writer and translator father, journalist mother and her lover in an unusual ménage à trois, to his worldwide celebrity at the age of 93, when a political pamphlet he wrote became a bestselling publishing sensation and inspired global protest and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

And then there was everything in between: his escape from two Nazi concentration camps where he had been tortured and sentenced to death, his escapades with the French resistance and his hand in drawing up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday, just a week after his last big interview was published, Hessel's long and extraordinary life came to an end. He was 95 years old, but as one French magazine remarked: "Stéphane Hessel, dead? It's hard to believe. He seemed to have become eternal, the grand and handsome old man."

Le Point magazine added that the man with an "old-fashioned politeness and elegance from another age" had "danced" with the best part of a century.

"When one is received by the world in television studios, when one writes bestsellers, when one has baptised an international mobilisation movement, does one still die?" the magazine asked.

In 2010, when most people are winding down and after a long career as a diplomat, Hessel's life took yet another dramatic turn when his 48-page pamphlet Indignez-Vous!, sold 4.5m copies in 35 countries. It was translated into English as Time for Outrage.

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Reply Stéphane Hessel, writer and inspiration behind Occupy movement, dies at 95 (Original post)
malaise Feb 2013 OP
niyad Feb 2013 #1
malaise Feb 2013 #3
Fire Walk With Me Feb 2013 #2
malaise Feb 2013 #4
BelgianMadCow Feb 2013 #5
malaise Feb 2013 #6

Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:07 AM

1. requiescat in pacem, gentle soul

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:23 AM

3. And that he was

I love this part of the article he "danced" with the best part of a century.

"When one is received by the world in television studios, when one writes bestsellers, when one has baptised an international mobilisation movement, does one still die?" the magazine asked.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:52 AM

2. R.I.P.

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:24 AM

4. Indignez-Vous! Time for Outrage!!!

What a man! It is Time for Outrage!!

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 04:52 AM

5. I was inspired, no catalysed, make that set on fire, by OWS

who was inspired by 15M who were inspired by Stephane.
I wish I can keep the spirit alive till I die, like he did. Just plain awesome.
RIP Stephane.

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 06:02 AM

6. Indeed he inspired many of us

There aren't that many great human beings - Stéphane Hessel was one

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