14 January 1915|
|Died||2 February 1995
André Frossard was born on January 14, 1915, in Saint-Maurice-Colombier, Doubs, France. His father, Louis-Oscar Frossardan, was one of the founders of the French Communist Party, and served as the first Secretary-General of the French Communist Party, later holding a series of ministerial positions in the Government of the Popular Front. His paternal grandmother was Jewish, and his home village in Foussemagne, France was the only village in France where there was a synagogue but no church. After attending the École Nationale Supérieure Des Arts Décoratifs to complete his education, Frossard began a career in journalism as a cartoonist and columnist.
Conversion to Roman Catholicism
Raised as an atheist, at the age of 20 Frossard converted to Catholicism and was baptized in the chapel of the Sisters of Adoration on July 8, 1935. He explained his conversion in the title of his 1969 bestseller Dieu existe, je l’ai rencontré (God Exists, I Met Him).
Frossard joined the French Navy in September 1936 and entered into the French Resistance upon demobilization. He was arrested by the Gestapo in Lyon on December 10, 1943, was interned in the "Jew Booths" of Fort Montluc, and was one of the seven survivors of a massacre in Bron on August 2, 1944, in which 72 were killed. He was awarded the Legion of Honor as a military title and promoted to the rank of officer by General Charles de Gaulle.
After World War II
After the war, Frossard worked at L'Aurore before joining Figaro and Le Monde. He attended many conferences in France and abroad, mainly in Italy, where the city of Ravenna elected him an honorary citizen in 1986.
Frossard was elected to the Académie française Seat 2 to the chair of the René de La Croix de Castries, on June 18, 1987, and was received into the institution on March 10, 1988 by Catholic Father Ambroise-Marie Carré.
By 1990, Frossard had written about 15,000 newspaper articles and several books, mostly regarding religion. In 1990, Pope John Paul II awarded him the Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.
- La Maison des otages (1946)
- Histoire paradoxale de la IVe République (1954)
- Le Sel de la terre (1956)
- Voyage au pays de Jésus (1958)
- Les Greniers du Vatican (1960)
- Votre humble serviteur, Vincent de Paul (1960)
- Dieu existe, je l’ai rencontré (1969)
- La France en général (1975)
- Il y a un autre monde (1976)
- Les trente-six preuves de l’existence du diable (1978)
- L’art de croire (1979)
- N’ayez pas peur, dialogue avec Jean-Paul II (1982)
- La Baleine et le Ricin (1982)
- L’Évangile selon Ravenne (1984)
- Le Chemin de croix, au Colisée avec Jean-Paul II (1986)
- N’oubliez pas l’amour, la Passion de Maximilien Kolbe (1987)
- Le Crime contre l’humanité (1988)
- Portrait de Jean-Paul II (1988)
- Le Cavalier du Quai Conti (1988)
- Dieu en questions (1990)
- Le Monde de Jean-Paul II (1991)
- Les grands bergers (1992)
- Excusez-moi d’être français (1992)
- Défense du Pape (1993)
- L’Evangile inachevé (1995)
Honours and awards
- French biographical notice
- Почему я стал католиком
- "Dios existe yo me lo encontré": André Frossard
- André Frossard
- Frossard, André (1915-1995)