French Cartoonist Mitelberg Dies
PARIS (AP) _ Louis Mitelberg, a cartoonist who lampooned political leaders such as former President Charles de Gaulle for decades, died Monday. He was 82.
The cartoonist, sculptor and former French Resistance fighter died at a hospital in Paris, said his wife, Zuka. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known, but he had been hospitalized since June following a heart attack, she said.
Born on Jan. 23, 1919 in Kaluszyn, Poland, he moved to Paris in 1938 to study architecture. He joined the French army a year later and was captured by the Nazis in 1940.
He escaped to Russia in May 1941, made his way to London where he joined the French Resistance and began his career as a cartoonist. He was naturalized in France after the war.
He received three medals, including the prestigious Croix de Guerre _ the War Cross _ for his wartime service.
Mitelberg, who worked for the weekly magazine L’Express from 1958-1990, wrote his cartoons with a mixture of fierce wit and stinging sarcasm.
One of Mitelberg’s favorite targets was de Gaulle, who was featured in the cartoonist’s first book ``Une Certaine Idee de la France″ (``A Certain Idea of France″), published in 1969. He produced two other books in the 1980s.
In the United States, where his drawings appeared in various publications such as Time, Newsweek and the New York Times, Mitelberg received the Distinguished International Cartoonists Award in 1982.
Mitelberg is survived by his wife, sons Roland and Francois, and four grandchildren. A private cremation ceremony has been scheduled for next Monday.