David farin: the french resistance fighter who collected the world
To escape the turmoil and danger of their homeland, David’s parents fled to Cuba. After living in Cuba for the first years of David’s life, his father moved the family to Marseilles in the south of France when David was seven years old. The young David immediately took to the French language, and to the people and culture of Marseilles. For the remainder of his long life, David would identify with the French city—France’s largest on the Mediterranean—and its hot summers, rugged coastline, and romantic, fjord-like inlets. He became active in the city’s vibrant Sephardic Jewish community and joined the Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs israelites de France (the Jewish Guides and Scouts of France), an organization with similar aims and methods as the Boy Scouts. As a Jewish Scout, bicycling and camping in the mountains, David developed a life-long love of adventure and the outdoors.
During the Second World War, when the Nazis invaded France, David was a teenager. The Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs israelites de France worked to provide refuge for Jews during the early years of the occupation; after it was banned, its older members formed armed resistance units. David was instrumental in saving the lives of his parents and three siblings by insisting that they refuse to present themselves for transport and deportation, and instead go into hiding. After his family went into hiding David joined the French Resistance and fought passionately to free his adopted homeland from the occupiers. He was nearly captured several times; his perfect grasp of the French language gave him an advantage in maintaining his cover as a native Marseillesian. Captured by the Nazis in the final weeks of the war, he miraculously managed to escape what would have been a certain death by firing squad. Incredibly, David’s entire family survived the war and he was able to complete his law studies and obtain his French law license.
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