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  •  I had never heard of Jean Jaures before (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks for educating me

    "The oppressors most powerful weapon is the mind of the oppressed." - Stephen Biko

    by gjohnsit on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 10:19:00 AM PDT

    •  Why did they kill Jaures? (4+ / 0-)

      Listen to Brel's great tribute to him.

      [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

      by MoDem on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 10:43:53 AM PDT

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    •  I'd never heard of him before, but clearly he is (5+ / 0-)

      remembered in France. (from wikipedia)

      Numerous streets and plazas in France are named for Jaurès, especially in the south of France, as well as in Vienna, Austria, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Israel and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
       Jaurès appears as a character in many period French films and TV series, sometimes as the main subject and sometimes as a supporting character.
       Jacques Brel wrote a song, "Jaurès", and recorded it for his last album Les Marquises. In it, he wonders why Jean Jaurès was killed, while lamenting on the life of the working class. (This song was re-interpreted by the band Zebda in 2009 as a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Jaurès's birth.)
       "Les Corons", a song by Pierre Bachelet, contains a reference to Jean Jaurès: "Y avait à la mairie le jour de la kermesse, Une photo de Jean Jaurès".
       Al Stewart's song "Trains" includes the lyrics, "on the day they buried Jean Jaurès, World War One broke free...".
       Jean Jaurès appears in the poem "The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy" by Geoffrey Hill.
       Metro stations have been named after Jaurès in Paris (Jaurès, Boulogne - Jean Jaurès), Toulouse and Lyon, Metro Place Jean Jaurès.
       In the 1976 film Maîtresse ("Mistress"), a character looking at a Parisian map laments, "There are too many avenues named after Jean Jaurès."
       The Russian dissident historian, Zhores Medvedev, was named after him.
       Jaurès figures in Jules Romains' epic fictional work Les Hommes de Bonne Volonté and his assassination is depicted in Roger Martin du Gard's novel The Thibaults.
       Since 1981, a video clip of François Mitterrand placing a rose in front of Jaurès' tomb at the moment the Socialists returned to power in pomp and circumstance is often played on French television.
       In the play Hans im Schnakenloch ("Hans in the mosquito pit") by René Schickele, the character Cavrel represents Jaurès.
       Jaurès is the idol and moral compass of the lead character, the union leader Michel, in the French film, The Snows of Kilimanjaro (2011). Michel quotes Jaurès throughout the film to justify and reflect on his actions.
      He was just 55 when killed. Perhaps he could have been a moderating force, especially in post-war Europe (say, a less draconian peace settlement).
    •  You're welcome! (3+ / 0-)

      He was as I wrote above a remarkable man whose loss was a true tragedy for all Europe.

      "We are the leaders we've been waiting for." - Paul Wellstone

      by MrLiberal on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 11:50:14 AM PDT

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