Jacques Lusseyran

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Jacques Lusseyran (born September 19, 1924 in Paris , † July 27, 1971 in Ancenis ) was a blind French writer and university professor .


Coming from an anthroposophical family, he went blind due to an accident at the age of 8. He passed school with excellent grades and studied literature. During the Second World War he was a member of the Resistance and at the age of 17 founded his own resistance group, the Volontaires de la liberté . Through a traitor he fell into the hands of the Gestapo and spent six months in solitary confinement in Fresnes prison before he was deported with 2,000 other French to the Buchenwald concentration camp , where he survived until the liberation by the Americans on April 11, 1945.

After the war, he got to know and appreciate the French Georges Saint-Bonnet, author of the book La joie vous appartient . Because of a law from the time of the Vichy regime that banned invalids from civil service, he was denied access to a full university professorship in France. He worked as a writer and lecturer at various institutions; most recently as a literature professor in the USA. He died on July 27, 1971 together with his third wife, Marie, in a car accident in Ancenis, near the village of Juvardeil , where he had spent many holidays, in the Maine-et-Loire department , France.


  • Light found again (autobiography), Stuttgart 1966.
  • Life begins today , Stuttgart 1975.
  • Confession of love , Stuttgart 1994.
  • Against the pollution of the ego , Stuttgart 1972.
  • Blindness - a new way of seeing the world. The blind in society. 2 lectures , Stuttgart 1970.

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