'You know, in life there are only three or four fundamental decisions to make. The rest is just luck.'-- French Résistant and publisher Raymond Aubrac, in a 2011 interview with Le Monde. The quote was reprinted in The New York Times' obituary on Aubrac, who died this past April 10 at age 97. The "fundamental decision" to which he referred? Marrying Lucie Bernard in late 1939, when he was still known by his birth name of Raymond Samuel. Within months the Nazis would occupy Paris, and the couple (left) -- 1st Lucie, then Raymond, would join the underground Résistance. (photo credit) Eventually they adopted one of their noms de guerre, Aubrac, as their legal surname. With Lucie Aubrac's help, as described in the obituary, he would escape torture and a death sentence imposed at the behest of Klaus Barbie -- decades later, the couple attended the trial in which Barbie was condemned for crimes against humanity. She died at age 94, in 2007.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)