Saturday, October 15, 2011
By Tierra Negra,
It was hard not to notice the death of Steve Jobs last week. Everybody in the media immediately afterward would be highlighting the “great” contributions this mogul of technology was able to achieve, among which are the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and the computer animation needed to create the Pixar characters of the movie industry.
There is a curious phenomenon in our society of generally flattering a dead person, bringing to light only the positive things without saying a word about what was not that good. Perhaps this might be because the deceased is unable to defend himself or herself, as the case may be.
Varian Fry and Miriam Davenport, c.1940
Varian Mackey Fry (October 15, 1907 – September 13, 1967) was an American journalist. Fry ran a rescue network in Vichy France that helped approximately 2,000 to 4,000 anti-Nazi and Jewish refugees to escape Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
Varian Fry was educated at Hotchkiss and Taft School and Harvard University. He founded Hound & Horn, an influential literary quarterly, in 1927 with Lincoln Kirstein while a Harvard undergraduate. He married Kirstein's sister, Eileen.
While working as a foreign correspondent for the American journal The Living Age, Fry visited Berlin in 1935 and personally witnessed Nazi abuse against Jews on more than one occasion and wanted to help.
Read Varian Fry in Marseille by Pierre Sauvage, free from VarianFry.org.