SAINT-EXUPÉRY Antoine de (1900-1944) aviateur et ecrivain.

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SAINT-EXUPÉRY Antoine de (1900-1944) aviateur et ecrivain.
AUTHORIZED MANUSCRIPT, [Appeal to the French, Autumn 1942]; 7 in-4 sheets written on the front on watermarked American Esleeck Fidelity Onion Skin paper, paginated 1-7, with erasures and corrections. Unpublished appeal to the French, in which Saint-Exupéry recalls his own commitment as a pilot in the war, and calls on the French abroad to unite against the enemy. Saint-Exupéry, exiled in the United States, finds himself in a delicate situation: he doesn't want to choose between Vichy and De Gaulle, while at the same time wanting to fight Nazism and Hitler's Germany. Choosing De Gaulle is difficult for him, while the general is not recognized by the American government. After the occupation of the "free zone" on November 11, 1942, wanting to bring together the French living in the U.S.A. and convince America to intervene in the war, he wrote an appeal to the French for a radio address broadcast on November 29, 1942 on American radio stations transmitting in French and widely reproduced in the press, collected in Un sens à la vie, now published under the title Lettre aux Français (Pléiade, t. II, pp. 69-73); the present manuscript, unfinished or lacking an ending, could be related to a first abandoned version]. "I speak on behalf of the one hundred and fifty thousand French soldiers and eighty thousand French civilians who were killed in three weeks in May-June 1940 during the German offensive. If I dare to tell my friends about it often, I speak for most French people in the United States. He hated polemics and "would not have agreed to enter into a discussion among the French. We have been criticized for not having taken a position in a debate between Vichy and certain French people. But it was the debate itself that we refused. It seemed unfair to us to attack a French effort that was present in the martyrdom. We did not want to hurt anyone in his faith. France in its resistance, fascism in its struggle. He will draw on his person
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