Jacques Lusseyran (19 September – 27 July ) was a French author and political NY: Parabola Books, ISBN And There Was Light: autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, blind hero of the French Resistance. When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. His gripping story is one of the most. And there was Light The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II by Jacques Lusseyran.

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I first met Lusseyran long after One ad the best books I’ve ever read. Jun 18, Madonna rated it it was amazing. Their interviewer waited at the end of this maze, and he interviewed them in the dark.

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His knowledge of German helped him understand more of the situation than most French prisoners. I’m teetering between two and three stars. I read a library copy, but I would buy my own and read it again so I could mark it.

The happy-go-lucky Paris schoolboy woke up, his eyes bandaged. Lusseyran and his companions was their Christian faith and how it drove them to make the difficult choices. Deaths according to material left behind by SS: But for some, it might be the second section.

Jacques Lusseyran

Thanks for telling us about the problem. He isn’t dogmatic about this and lusesyran book is not an attempt to preach, jjacques his focus in telling his story is in great part to share the joy and emotional strength that he felt. Find this and other reviews at: How much of this book deals with Buchenwald and are the descriptions graphic? This a more militant view but the indomitability of the human soul is something we all need to understand.


To be blind, at bottom, is to see. The plot was, of course, an interesting one, a blind man standing up to evil forces in WW2. Not only is Lusseyran just a small boy when he forms and leads one of the greatest underground resistance movements in France during WWII, he is blind. In principle this autobiography would be quite interesting. Ilght can be found at http: This group grew up and was named later on as “Defense de la France” which was responsible for the publication of underground newspaper in order to provide information lusseyrsn the occupied French people.

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His mother learned Braille. The second jacaues is that light does not come to us from without. I loved that book, but Lusseyran still wins my admiration hands down in a contest between the two. Share this Article Like this article? Unfortunately, this was a quite disappointing reading since the book’s tittle give a false impression to the readers.

It helps you better understand those spiritual feelings which direct us much better. Personally, I felt Lusseyran’s war effort represented the weakest Find this and other reviews at: Oct 07, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: Views Read Edit View history.

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Definitely one of my favorite books ever. The material is thought-provoking, but the writing itself is not remarkably poignant and left little impression on me. Now that twenty young men–tomorrow there may be a hundred–are waiting for my orders, tell me what orders to give them. I found so many of his experiences and teachings eternal truths that give a completely new perspective to my already deeply held religious beliefs.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But this book is also about his blindness and how he experienced it. Or the other book will not compare favorably. So is it surprising that I loved friendship and harmony when I was very young?

Just try defending youself against people who are crazed by fear. It was his sickness that rescued him and bestowed the grace of continuous joy.

Email it to a friend! At a young age he became alarmed at the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany and decided to learn the German language so that he could listen to German radio broadcasts. Some books should not be read with other books. Cheaper by the Dozen. A world of sounds for a blind man, what sudden grace!

I am the captain of my soul. He knew everything instinctively.

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Things Invisible to See. His luck ran out inwhen a man who Jacques had grudgingly admitted to their group betrayed them all.

Literally, relating to scrofula tuberculosis of the lymph nodes, particularly of the neck. His experience is so profound that it is difficult to fully appreciate the transformation he underwent— I was deeply affected by “And There Was Light,” the astonishing autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, who, though blinded at age eight, was a leader of the French Resistance in World War II.