Dr Alan Swarc on another facet to the remarkable long life of a French resistance hero, and Ivor Morgan on Jean-Paul Sartre’s ‘Je suis un Juif’ statement
There was more than one facet to the incredible life of Georges Loinger (French resistance hero who saved at least 350 children dies aged 108, 31 December). I interviewed him in 2002 as part of my research into the French connection to illegal immigration to Palestine. This revealed that in 1946 Loinger was introduced to the Mossad L’Aliyah Bet (the pre-independence Jewish clandestine organisation) in Paris because of his earlier exploits saving Jewish children.
The task allotted to him by the Mossad L’Aliyah Bet was to deal with French bureaucracy in Marseille, where the organisation was planning the secret dispatch of more than 4,000 Jewish survivors from the German camps to Palestine – then under British rule. This was the background to the story of the Haganah ship Exodus.