WW2 Jewish spy. Marcel Marceau, wasn't holocausted
Published on Feb 17, 2021
Marcel Marceau, who became world famous for his stage persona, "Bip the Clown”, was reluctant to share the story of his wartime past. When receiving the Raoul Wallenberg Award in 2001 for his contribution to the salvation of Jews during the Holocaust, he gave some details, which were confirmed after his death by his cousin Georges Loinger.
When in 1944 it was necessary to evacuate Jewish orphans from an orphanage near Paris, Marceau, using his extraordinary abilities as a mime, was able, under the guise of a scout, to get the children over to the Alps to the Swiss border. For the children to feel at ease, he calmed them down, periodically entertaining them with a pantomime. According to some reports, Marceau made this unsafe trip to the Alps three times and thus saved several hundred children.
He truly believed in the power of artistry a little later, already fighting in the ranks of the Resistance. Once Marceau and his comrade came face to face with a detachment of 30 German soldiers. Marceau managed to convince the Germans that the vanguard of a large unit was in front of them and captured the entire German detachment led by an officer.
“I don't like to talk about myself. What I humbly did during the war was only a small part of what happened to the fallen heroes,” said Marceau when receiving the Wallenberg award, - wrote Boris Lozhkin on Facebook.
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