Philippe Viannay

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Philippe Viannay (15 August 1917 - 27 November 1986) was a French journalist.

School foundation[edit]

He founded the Centre de formation des journalistes, and, later, the sailing school Les Glénans.

French resistance[edit]

During World War II, he led a resistance movement named Défense de la France. They printed an underground journal which distributed up to 400,000 copies.[1]

Personal[edit]

The Canadian journalist Caitlin Kelly—who studied with Viannay at the Centre in Paris on an eighth-month journalism fellowship—later described him as "the most inspiring man I've ever met."[2]

Hélène Viannay[edit]

During the first year of the German occupation, Viannay married the former Hélène Mordkovitch. Hélène Viannay co-administered Les Glénans with her husband, and following Viannay's death became president of the association of Ancient Résistants of Défense de la France.[3]

Prix Philippe Viannay-Défense de la France[edit]

The French Fondation de la Résistance awards an annual prize for resistance-era histories, the Prix Philippe Viannay-Défense de la France.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ December, 2002 interview with Hélène Viannay, Spartacus Educational, [1]
  2. ^ Caitlin Kelly, "The Man to Whom I'm Most Grateful," Broadside, November 23, 2010
  3. ^ December, 2002 interview with Hélène Viannay, Spartacus Educational, [2]
  4. ^ Fondation de la Résistance