François Cavanna

  • 1923: Born in Nogent-sur-Marne, France
  • 1939: Work for the postal service in Paris
  • 1940: Escape to southern France, return to Paris
  • 1943: Imprisonment and deportation to Berlin
  • Forced labour at various armaments factories, works at clearing rubble
  • 1945: Return to France
  • After 1945: Worked as a journalist, cartoonist and writer
  • 1979: Publication of the autobiographical novel “Les Russkoffs” (German 1988: “Das Lied der Baba”) about his experiences as a forced labourer in Berlin
  • In 2014, François Cavanna died in Paris.