Ella Maillart during the Second World War in India

“Ella Maillart spends the years of the Second World War in India, living with difficulty from her royalties. She settles in Tiruvannamalai south of Madras, near the ashram of Ramana Maharishi, a teacher and wise man who is “liberated during his lifetime”, as one says in India. She also follows the teachings of Atmananda (Krishna Menon) in Kerala. These spiritual masters teach her “the unity of the world”. In her autobiographical book, Cruises and Caravans (1942) Ella writes: “I have started on a new journey which, I know, will take me further than before towards the perfect life I was instinctively seeking. I began this journey by exploring the unmapped territory of my own mind.” .… “This venture is as vast as life itself because it requires the analysis of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual being.”…” (ellamaillart.ch)

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (1913 – 1980) - An American track and field (sprint and long jump) athlete. Famous for his four-time gold medal in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay.


James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (1913 - 1980) - Athlète américain (sprint et saut en longueur). Célèbre pour ses quatre médailles d'or aux Jeux olympiques de 1936 à Berlin : 100 mètres, 200 mètres, saut en longueur et relais 4 × 100 mètres.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Alan Mathison Turing (1912 – 1954) - An English mathematician and computer scientist, who brought a major contribution to the development of theoretical computer science(Turing machine) and artificial intelligence. He also took direct part in the breaking of German ciphers (Enigma machine) and it is commonly said that his work was decisive in shortening the Second World War in Europe by more than two years saving so many live. He was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexual acts and finally accepted chemical castration treatment, and died in 1954 from cyanide poisoning, probably commiting suicide.Official apologies came… in 2009 with a posthumous pardon of Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, and a more general law on prosecuted homosexual acts in 2017, informally known as the Alan Turing law.


Alan Mathison Turing (1912 - 1954) - Mathématicien et informaticien anglais, qui contribua au développement de l'informatique théorique (machine de Turing) et de l'intelligence artificielle. Il a également participé directement à casser les codes cryptographiques allemands. On dit que son travail aurait permis de raccourcir de plus de deux ans la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Europe, sauvant ainsi de nombreuses vies. Il fut poursuivi en 1952 pour actes homosexuels et accepta un traitement par castration chimique. Il mourut en 1954 d'un empoisonnement au cyanure, probablement d'un suicide. Des excuses officielles furent formulées… en 2009 avec le pardon posthume de la reine Elizabeth II en 2013 et une loi plus générale en 2017, connue officieusement sous le nom de « loi Alan Turing ».

Second World War ends

After years of the most terrible chaos, and the conduct of a policy of systematic destruction, after trying to eradicate entire populations (Jews, Gypsies, People with disabilities, homosexuals ...), the Third Reich collapsed and the Second World War ended on May 8, 1945.


Après des années du plus terrible chaos, et la conduite d’une politique de destruction systématique, après avoir tenté d’éradiquer des populations entières (Juifs, Tsiganes, Personnes handicapées, homosexuels…), le IIIe Reich s’effondre et la Seconde Guerre Mondiale s’achève le 8 mai 1945.

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