”My dear parents, my dear brother,

I and my comrades will be shot at 11 o’clock. We are going to die smiling, because it is for the most beautiful ideal we can think of. Right now I feel as though I have lived a full life.
You gave me a golden childhood and I am dying for France, so I regret nothing. I beg you to live for Jean’s children. Rebuild a beautiful family…
On Thursday I received a beautiful parcel; I ate like a king. I have thought long and hard these past four months: my soul-searching is positive, I am satisfied in every way.
Say hello to all the friends and relatives.
I hold you tight against my heart one last time.”

Lettres lycée Buffon in La Résistance 1940-1945, Echo de la Résistance n° 100, 1964