Nicoli, a Resistance fighter

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Virginie Ferrand Sereni

Born in 1899 in San Gavino di Carbini, Nicoli started his career as a teacher in Corsica and then in Senegal. In 1939, he joined the Communist Party and the Corsican resistance. In 1943, he was arrested by the Italian Gestapo.

‘You do not have the courage to look me in the eyes…you are cowards’

he said to his executioners as he refused to be shot in the back.

‘[…] be proud of your father, he knows you can be – the Moor’s head and the red flower are the only bereavement that I ask. […]’

he wrote to his children before being decapitated by stabbing.

Last modified: 25 November 2016

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