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An amazing man who was brave and courageous. I heard a program on R4 about his life and he stated that he carried the letters sent by his mother from the concentration camp where his family died with him at all times. The fact that he had only managed to ever read a paragraph of one letter and the rest remained unread showed the depth of his feelings for what happened to them.

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I've enjoyed very much all language courses by Michel Thomas.

R.I.P.

 

 

From the Associated Press
  
Michel Thomas
NEW YORK (AP) - Michel Thomas, a linguist who earned the prestigious Silver Star for bravery during World War II, died Saturday. He was 90.

The founder of Michel Thomas Language Centers in New York, Los Angeles and London died of heart failure at his Manhattan home Saturday night, said his publicist, Bruce Bobbins.

Born Moniek Kroskof in Lodz, Poland, on Feb. 3, 1914, to a family of prosperous clothing and textile merchants, he was sent to live with an aunt in Breslau, Germany, to escape anti-Semitism. Members of his family were later killed at Auschwitz.

He moved to France in the 1930s and studied at the University of Bordeaux and the Sorbonne. When Germany invaded France, he joined the French resistance.

A biography by Christopher Robbins says that, as a resistor, Thomas was interrogated in 1943 by Gestapo leader Klaus Barbie at a roundup of mostly German Jews who were being sent to Auschwitz. Thomas was spared by pretending he did not understand German.

In 1987, Thomas testified against Barbie at his trial for crimes against humanity. Barbie was sentenced to life in prison.

Thomas' medal citation said he fought alongside American troops as an attached member of the Army's 45th Infantry Division. The Silver Star, the army's third-highest medal for combat valor, was given for his bravery and for leading patrols in enemy territory.

Thomas moved to the United States in 1947. Fluent in 10 languages, he developed a language-teaching method that attracted people from the entertainment, political, academic and business worlds.

 

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If only the youngsters of today could just for one minuet appreciate the heartache, suffering and sacrifice people went through to try and make the world a better place to live ........if only ........they are just a poppy.........but in our hearts and minds they will live for ever thank you ....... we should never for get...........never......

           sorry dave

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[quote]His biography is astonishing .... there has also been a row in the US over how factually accurate it is.My own view is that it's basically accurate - mostly.[/quote]

have not read his biography but think his part as John boy was wonderful.

most of the Waltons was enhanced for tv anyway

        sorry dave  

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Librairie de Benevent an English Bookshop in Benevent l'Abbaye, La Creuse(23), has all the Michel Thomas courses in stock including the new advanced course.

The full address is: Librairie de Benevent, 18 Rue du Marché, Benevent l'Abbaye, 23210, France.

0033555620663.

The owner is RALPH.
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