Georges Loinger
Georges Loinger
Birth: 29 August 1910
Strasbourg, France
Death: 28 December 2018
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Age: 108 years, 121 days
Country: FranceFRA
Centenarian

Georges Loinger (29 August 1910 – 28 December 2018) was a French centenarian and resistance fighter during World War II.

Early life and family

He was born on 29 August 1910 in Strasbourg, France (then part of Imperial Germany) to Solomon Loinger (1883–1941) and Mina Werzberg (1886–1981). His cousin was Marcel Marceau, and his niece is Israeli singer Yardena Arazi. In 1925 he entered the Hatikvah Zionist youth movement.

World War II

He began fighting against Nazi Germany in the beginning of World War II, but he was captured in 1940. However, Loinger escaped from his camp of imprisonment later that year, and joined the French Resistance. During that time, he rescued hundreds of Jewish children during the course of the war, helping them to escape from France to Switzerland.

Later life and honors

He turned 100 in August 2010. In March 2013 he was received by Shimon Peres, the former president of Israel. He was awarded the medal of honorary citizen of the city of Strasbourg in 2014. In July 2016, he was made an officer in the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was also awarded the Resistance Medal, the Military Cross and the Legion of Honour.​​​

References

  1. ^ Profile of Georges Loinger
  2. ^ Georges Loinger
  3. Jump up to:a b "Georges Loinger: French hero who saved Jews in WW2 dies"BBC News. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. Jump up to:a b c "French hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108"Agence France-Presse. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018 – via Times of Israel.
  5. ^ Le voyage de Georges Loinger en Israël
  6. ^ la médaille de citoyen d'honneur de la ville de Strasbourg remise à Georges Loinger
  7. ^ Todesmutig – die Geschichte des Monsieur Loinger
  8. ^ Le grand résistant Georges Loinger, né à Strasbourg, s’est éteint à l’âge de 108 ans
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