MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
He was one of the last two Companions of the Liberation. Daniel Cordier is dead today. With him, it is the living memory of the Resistance that is extinguished. He had gone through what our history has most burning, most painful, but also most heroic, and he had delivered the most accurate and poignant testimonies.
Daniel Cordier’s entire life has been driven by an incredible taste for freedom, impetuous bravery, insatiable curiosity, and, above all, by an immense love for France. This love first took the doctrinaire form of a nationalist commitment to the French Action, but turned at the time of fighting into a fraternal patriotism.
For the freedom and honor of France, he entered the Resistance, quit everything, accepted the danger, the loneliness, the arid routine and the insane complications of the clandestine networks, the haunting uncertainty of the day after. He was not yet 20 years old when he joined England in the early summer of 1940, hoping to take up arms. Finally assigned to the administration of the Resistance networks in the South Zone, he was parachuted in 1942 and then became the secretary and right-hand man of a man named “Rex”, known to history better under his name of Jean Moulin. Their commitment, like that of this whole army of secrecy, allowed that on the day of the landings the allies saw a France rise from the shadow in which it was lurking, ready to take back its destiny in hand.
When the France he had fought for was finally returned to him, when it was no longer a question of surviving but of living, Daniel Cordier felt in him an inexhaustible appetite for travel, discovery and art. Because Jean Moulin had shared his passion for painting with him, pushing the doors of unknown worlds before him. So what during the war had been his secret garden became his reason for living.
All the hopes and big names in abstract painting soon came together in the gallery he opened in Paris in 1956, then in Frankfurt and New York. In 1964, however, he quit the art business to reinvent his life once again. He traveled, bought works on his own account, organized exhibitions and contributed to the founding of the Center Pompidou, whose collections he expanded through his advice and generous donations. But this artistic epic was interrupted in 1977 when the resistance fighter Henri Frenay published L’Enigme Jean Moulin, which suggested that Moulin, despite his undeniable heroism, was playing a double game and actually serving the Communists. To restore the truth, Daniel Cordier embarked on a twenty-year-long, six-volume biographical work.
Driven by a new love, that of history, Cordier then proved that he was the very memory of Free France. Better than everyone else, he knew every date, remembered every fact. What was reborn under his pen was not only the greatness of Jean Moulin, it was also all these anonymous heroes, the thousand risks they took every day to bring to life a certain idea of France that they had. share. Even if it means depriving the legend of its most romantic aspects, he underlined the difficulty of the days and nights of the Resistance, the tensions, the mistakes and the errors, the hopes often disappointed but never dried up, this crazy optimism finally, anchored in absolute faith in France.
Daniel Cordier then engaged in an even more personal exercise by writing his own war memoirs, Alias Caracalla: a 900-page fresco in which he revived his memories with striking precision and accuracy, from his rallying to the Resistance until the death of Moulin.
Today the glorious shadows of Free France, the “humble solemn guard” Malraux referred to during his homage to Jean Moulin in 1964, seem to be escorting him. The President of the Republic bows with respect, emotion and affection to the memory of this man whose entire life has combined love for France and passion for freedom, a taste for beauty and concern for truth.
Daniel Cordier, the resistance fighter, Jean Moulin’s secretary, is gone. When France was in peril, he and his companions took all the risks so that France remained France. We owe them our freedom and our honor. We will pay him a national tribute. pic.twitter.com/CoSzoo9Ngt
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 20, 2020
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