der Soldat ohne Namen



   


 

“There is no freedom for the enemies of freedom” 

- Robespierre



      These are three of the thousands of letters that Cahun and Moore wrote during the Nazi Occupation of Jersey, from 1940 to 1944. Marcel Moore, whose education as a child emphasized language, translated the anti-Nazi messages they wanted to share from French into German. They wrote these letters from the invented perspective of a high-ranking German official who was secretly anti-Nazi and part of an international organization, in attemp to get the German soldiers on Jersey to start a mutiny. They signed each note “der Soldat ohne Namen” -- the soldier with no name. Cahun and Moore were fearless in their dedication to write and disperse these letters. They planted them on tables, in pockets, and in the cars of German officers, successfully convincing a number of soldiers to defect from the army. When they were finally arrested after four years of this endeavour, they were able to meet some of the soldiers who had been convinced by these notes. One even gave Cahun and Moore his Nazi uniform badges once they were all released, which Cahun holds upside-down in their mouth in the first portrait Cahun and Moore took upon their release from jail, nine and a half months after they entered it. 


  









Liberation Day, May 9th 1945, unknown photographer


Cahun can be seen here raising their hand in a victory sign to the camera. This was taken just a day after Cahun and Moore were released from prison. 





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