Cover Osteuropa 7/2007

In Osteuropa 7/2007

A Life for Cultural Freedom
François Bondy and Europe’s Unity

Fabrice Larat

Deutsche Fassung


François Bondy was a European through and through. He was born in 1915 in Berlin, the son of a Jewish-German family. His father came from Prague, his mother from Hungary. Bondy spent his childhood in Switzerland. As the editor in chief of the magazine Preuves, he contributed to the cultural and political unification of Europe over the course of his long life. In unification, Bondy saw the only possibility of overcoming Western Europe’s totalitarian inheritance and Eastern Europe’s totalitarian present. He was one of the few who did not lose sight of the unity of the entire continent during the East-West conflict.

(Osteuropa 7/2007, pp. 91–169)