Uncredited Photographer Marcel Rayman, 21-Year Old Polish-Jewish Member of the FTP-MOI Group of the French Resistance After His Arrest and Just Prior to His Execution by the Nazis, Paris 1943
Rayman was part of the Missak Manouchian group of FTP-MOI Anti-nazi resistance group. He was a member of the Equipe Speciale, the Special Unit, of his Resistance cadre, meaning he was one of the most active and daring members of that team. His mother and brother had previously been deported to the camps, where they were murdered. The execution of Rayman and the other members of the Manouchian Group was actually overseen by the freakin’ Red Cross, who collected last letters from those about to be murdered by the nazis. Here in an excerpt from Rayman’s last letter, written to his surviving family members:
Dear Aunt, Uncle and Cousins:
At the moment you read this letter, I’ll be no more. I’m going before the firing squad today at 3:00. I regret nothing that I’ve done. I am completely peaceful and calm. I love you and hope you will live happily. Please give the following note to Mama and Simon (Rayman’s brother) if they return some day, as I hope they will.
My dear aunt, I would so much have liked to see you again, as well as my little cousin, who I’ve almost never seen. I’m together right now with three of my comrades who will meet the same fate as me. We’ve just received a package from the Red Cross and we’re eating like kids all the sweets I so love. I kiss you all one last time; you, my aunt, my uncle, my little Fernande, my little Madeleine, and also my little Elise. Here we are all in …
I’m sure this will cause you more pain than me.