This article investigates one of the most successful Jewish rescue networks in Vichy France, the Réseau Marcel, and specifically how its history, and that of its co-founders, Odette Rosenstock and Moussa Abadi, was created within multiple gendered narratives that consistently emphasized his leadership and often silenced or muted her achievements. Based in Nice, the Réseau Marcel which saved over 500 children from deportation, consisted of just three people: its young Jewish co-founders and the local Catholic Bishop, Monsignor Paul Rémond. Although deported, Rosenstock, always Abadi's equal, survived the death camps. After the war, the reunited couple returned to Paris, where Rosenstock became a distinguished doctor in public health and Abadi a successful theater critic. At the end of their lives, the Abadi re-united with many of their hidden children, who in their honor formed a public Association that has played a key part in shaping the history of the Réseau Marcel.
Odette Rosenstock, Moussa Abadi, and the Réseau Marcel
New and Renewed Perspectives
, most importantly, acted as the key facilitator for the rescue operations of the “Réseau Marcel,” the network run by Moussa Abadi and Odette Rosenstock from 1943–1944 that saved more than 500 children. It is, however, above all in the person of the
support center near Bordeaux that also served to help evacuated prisoners escape into the Free Zone. 61 In a similar vein, the Syrian-born anti-fascist resister Moussa Abadi set up the Réseau Marcel to save Jewish children. 62 The lives of people of