1917 – 2013 • Germany
Human rights • Resistance
Stéphane Hessel lived in Paris from 1924 and was naturalised French in 1937.
A French and United Nations diplomat for 40 years, he was a founder of the socialist think-tank, the Jean-Moulin Club, close to Pierre Mendès France. Campaigner for the regularisation of migrant workers he joined the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in 2009 and his 2010 call for a ‘peaceful insurrection’ against liberalism sold half a million copies.