Stephane Hessel dies: Holocaust survivor, author, and diplomat Stephane Hessel died on Wednesday. He was 95.
Stephane Hessel, a former spy in the French Resistance, a Holocaust survivor, the author of “Time for Outrage,” and contributor to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, died on Wednesday in Paris. He was 95.
He was born in Berlin in 1917 to a German mother and Jewish father and his family moved to Paris in 1924. Later, Hessel was waterboarded and tortured by the Nazis during World War II and later escaped Nazi concentration camps.
But more recently, Hessel was credited for inspiring the recent Occupy Wall Street movement after he wrote “Time for Outrage” in 2010, which became a best-seller. “The reasons for outrage today may be less clear than during Nazi times. But look around and you will find them,” reads a passage in the work, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault praised his life and legacy.
“For every generation, for young people, he was a source of inspiration but also a reference. At 95, he embodied faith in the future of this new century,” Ayrault said, according to The Associated Press. “For every generation, for young people, he was a source of inspiration but also a reference. At 95, he embodied faith in the future of this new century.”
The U.N. Human Rights Council also observed a moment of silence to honor him.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay described him as a “great thinker and a remarkable man.”
“He supported the core human rights principles with a fierce integrity and never allowed politics or personal history to cloud his judgment on major unpopular issues, such as migration and racism,” she stated in a news release.
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