Always the Underdog

I came late in my parents’ lives. By the time I was born, they were already well into their forties. Adults during WWII, I grew up around veterans of the conflict, many of whom were Jews who fought in the resistance, in Europe, or had been drafted into Commonwealth armies, like my 89-year-old Israeli father.

A person who reminds me much of my dad’s peers is 93-year-old French politician Stéphane Hessel. Imprisoned at Buchenwald for resisting the Nazis, Hessel is the author of a controversial best seller, urging a revival of liberalism. My profile of Hessel was published in Monday’s edition of The Forward.