Missak and Mélinée Manouchian enter the Panthéon after a transferring and dedicated ceremony | EUROtoday

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The coffins of Mélinée and Missak Manouchian, surrounded by installations representing their fellow resistance fighters from the FTP-MOI, during the couple's entry ceremony into the Panthéon, in Paris, on February 21, 2024.

The nostalgic sound of the duduk reduce via the curtains of rain, outwitted the wisps of the wind, and nonetheless vibrated within the ears, even when it fell silent. A dream on the horizon, composed and performed by Rostom Khachikian, Armenian oboe virtuoso, accompanies, Wednesday February 21 at dusk, the ceremony of entry into the Pantheon of Missak Manouchian, his spouse Mélinée, and, with them, the group of Francs- shooters and partisans-Immigrant Labor Force (FTP-ME), which he led. Eighty years to the day after the execution of those communist resistance fighters, most of them foreigners, usually Jewish, at Mont-Valérien, in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine), France made heroes of those martyrs. Armenians, anti-fascist Italians, anti-Franco Spaniards, Poles, Hungarians, a Romanian, “French people of hope”, as Emmanuel Macron will quickly say.

It actually is a dream. Or a want, that of a 37-year-old man who’s going to die. “I am sure that the French people and all the freedom fighters will honor our memory with dignity,” wrote “Manouche” to his pricey Mélinée from the jail of Fresnes (Val-de-Marne), earlier than being transferred together with his companions to Mont-Valérien.

It can also be the want and the dream of historians, of descendants of those fighters, of intellectuals, which is being fulfilled, after eight a long time. Announced on June 18, 2023, a transparent image – to which is nonetheless added the need to transcend conventional Gaullism – the ceremony lasting greater than two hours was rigorously weighed. A pair enters the Pantheon, like Simone Veil and her husband Antoine, however it’s the communist and international resistance fighters that the nation celebrates.

The powerfully lit monument dominates the sq. with all its columns. A slender white carpet in entrance of the peristyle descends the few steps earlier than opening onto the sq. the place two helps, on a blue background, await the coffins. It was the singer Patrick Bruel who was entrusted with the mission of studying Manouchian's final letter to his spouse. A textual content of a soldier, of a lover, of a poet, who glimpses victory, conscious that he won’t be able to savor it. “Happiness to those who will survive us and taste the sweetness of Freedom and Peace of tomorrow. » A man who claims to have “no hatred against the German people or against anyone”, who forgives like a Christian – “except to him who betrayed us to redeem his skin and those who sold us.” A courageous man who, like Socrates when consuming hemlock, recommends paying off his money owed, in a poignant and prosaic postscript.

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