Our happiness lasted three months - Jacques Salon
July 16, 1944. Don’t think, my darling, that I am recounting these events out of vanity. I don’t know where you are. So I have no other way of keeping you company and to conjure you up than to talk to you of me. When will I get to hear you?
When he wrote these lines to his wife, Jacques Salon (1914- 1989) did not know that she would not return from deportation. Nicole was a social worker at the OSE when he met her in 1940. For over two years, they were in the Resistance together, saving more than 200 Jewish children. October 24, 1943 - just three months after their marriage - Nicole was arrested, then deported to Auschwitz.
Jacques carried on the fight. Arrested in his turn, tortured by the French Militia in Lyon, he managed to jump from the train taking him to Drancy. His injuries were treated in the underground.