What’s in a name? Usually not much really but sometimes it can be everything. It can even be the difference of life and death.
In this case the name Jean Stephan, both men were members of the French resistance but their lives had completely different outcomes.
Jean Stéphan was a French resistant born October 28, 1912 in Rennes and shot on April 13, 1942 at Mont Valérien
During the German occupation, he became involved in the Resistance. He joined the Secret Organization (OS) French Francs-tireurs and partisans and took part in the local organization of the National Front, he was put in charge of a sector including Neuilly-Plaisance, Noisy-le-Grand and Gagny. They carried out various acts of sabotage (fire of enemy equipment at Gonesse and Vincennes in 1941, etc.).
On March 21, 1942, he was arrested, as he left the Ville-Évrard hospital where he worked as a nurse, and discovered leaflets of Resistance.
He was then handed over to the Gestapo and shot a few days later at Mont Valérien.
Jean Francois Marie Stephan, born 27 December 1916.
Another member of the French resistance ,who had been with the Parisien Police, he was stripped from his rank in the Police because of his involvement with the resistance. However he eluded capture by the Germans and Vichy authorities.
The poster above is his “wanted” posted.He was a member of the resistance in le Maquis du Vercors
He had a very high place in the resistance because of the position he’d held with the Police. His resistance code name was “Daniel” he is mentioned in the book “Le Soufflet de Forge”
He survived the war and he was re-instated to the french police and nearly got a far as commissioner.he was stationed at 36 Quai des orfèvres in Paris .
He lived to tell the tale,until the age of 80
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