Bernard Mednicki was a Belgian Jew who fled Belgium with his family when the Nazis invaded during World War II, settled in Volvic, a small town in the mountainous region of southern France, posed as a Christian, and fought in the Maquis, the French Resistance. A natural storyteller in the best tradition of the Jewish Eastern European storytellers like Chaim Potok, Bernard Malamud, and Isaac Bashevis Singer, he tells his amazing true story with help from long-time author Ken Wachsberger in “Never Be Afraid: A Belgian Jew in the French Resistance.” After the war, Bernard and his family settled in Philadelphia where he had extended family. He died on January 2, 1995 and never saw publication of the first edition of his book (titled “Never Be Afraid: A Jew in the Maquis”). However, his goal was to make sure that his family saw his story and they did. After he approved the final 8 ½ x 11 double-spaced manuscript for publication, he photocopied it and shared it with family members.
"Never Be Afraid: A Belgian Jew in the French Resistance" is the story of a Belgian Jew who flees to southern France with his family when the Nazis invade, poses as a Christian, and joins the French Resistance to fight Hitler’s Nazis. Bernard Mednicki's story, in the best tradition of the famous Yiddish writers, is a glorious refutation of the myth that the Jews went like "lambs to the slaughter."