Michel Cojot-Goldberg acted as go-between for the hijackers and passengers, and his actions saved almost all the hostages
The forthcoming film Entebbe, starring Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike, will introduce a new generation to the story of how an Air France flight in 1976 from Tel Aviv was hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells. There is one central figure who isn’t in the film, but should be.
Michel Cojot-Goldberg was one of my father’s oldest friends, and he was on that flight with his then 12-year-old son, Olivier. Fluent in multiple languages, Michel acted as the translator for Uganda’s president Idi Amin, as the go-between for the hijackers and the passengers, and became a central figure in the eventual rescue. But I can understand why the film-makers left him out, because Michel’s story is so incredible it requires its own movie.
Link : There’s one hero of Entebbe who deserves his own film. I remember him well