Jean Frydman is a French resistant and businessman.
During World War II, at the age of 15 he rallied the France libre. In the summer of 1944, he escaped from the deportation train that was taking him and many others from Drancy (Internment Camp in France) to Buchenwald. One of the deportees in the same train car was Marcel Dassault.
Man of communication
He was among the first managers of the radio Europe 1 between 1957 and 1962; he headed Télé Monte Carlo, and was then director of the advertising agency Régie n°1. He was dubbed «the secret gardener of the French audiovisual sector».
After having been forced to leave the Board of Paravision, audiovisual branch of L'Oréal, he revealed the past life of André Bettencourt during WW2, forcing him to express regrets about « past mistakes ».
A man of peace
Frydman serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations.
Jewish, Frydman is married to Daniela.
- Michel Bar-Zohar, Bitter Scent: The Case of L'Oréal, Nazis, and the Arab Boycott (London, Dutton Books : 1996)
- (in French) Élie Barnavi, "Jean Frydman, Tableaux d'une vie", ISBN 978-2-02-090818-4, 2008
- (in French) Jean-Pierre Chaline, « André Bettencourt (1919-2007) », dans Études normandes ISSN 0014-2158, 2008-1
- (in French) L'Oréal: l'arme de la mémoire (L'Express) http://www.lexpress.fr/informations/l-oreal-l-arme-de-la-memoire_602829.html
- Michel Bar-Zohar, Bitter Scent: The Case of L'Oréal, Nazis, and the Arab Boycott, London, Dutton Books, 1996
- « André Bettencourt », Telegraph, 23 novembre 2007