Guaranteed emotions. Guest of En Aparté this Thursday, June 9, Marc Levy probably did not expect to shed a few tears. It all started when the show’s host released some images of her guest’s father, the writer Raymond Levy while he was on the set of Apostrophe in 1977. The opportunity to discuss the very strong relationship which bound father and son. “My father is the man who has counted the most in my life”, begins with pride Marc Levy. Of his father who died in 2014, the famous writer remembers an “extremely humble man who always lived in the second degree, in humor” despite his “very strong sense of responsibility”. On the other hand, Raymond Levy was very modest about his acts of Resistance.
“We knew as a teenager, with my sister, that he had made a few hits. That he was on the good side of things. But he had spoken so little about his past as a Resistance fighter that we did not know the tenth of what he had done, the risks he had taken and his commitment”, regrets the 60-year-old man. This did not prevent him from living “very moving moments with [his] father”. “That’s why I miss him so much today. I miss these conversations horribly,” he says, his throat tight, interrupting himself because of his strong emotion. And to resume: “He was not imposing, on the contrary, he was only generosity and accompaniment. He was not a man who judged. He was a man who listened to you. Dad, he tried to understand, never to judge. And I owe him essential things in my life”. Such as tolerance and solidarity.
Marc Levy: “My father had this incredible smile that healed all wounds”
Marc Levy says that as a child, he was often the victim of anti-Semitic insults. “I was 13 or 14 years old and I had still fought because I had been called a dirty Jew”, recalls the one who specifies not knowing what that meant since he had “never entered a synagogue”. That day, he asked his father what it meant to be a Jew. “He could see that I had taken a blow to the face and he looked at me with that smile – he still had that incredible smile that healed all the wounds in the world.” Above all, he replied that to be Jewish was: “If you are next to a black man who is called dirty black, you become black. If you are next to an Arab who is called from dirty Arab, you become Arab. And if you are next to a bruise who is called dirty Smurf, well you become Smurf but in no case do you let that pass”. “That was my father,” proudly concludes Marc Levy, who must no doubt do his utmost to transmit these values to his own children.
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