Art: Self-Abstraction from the Nazis

One of the most sensational escapes from the Nazis in World War II has been made by a leading French abstract painter who comes from a long line of French soldiers and whose great-grandfather fought all through the Napoleonic wars. Last week Painter Jean Hélion (who has had 15 one-man shows in the U.S. alone) told as much as he could, without endangering those who helped him, of how he escaped from a Nazi prison camp in Eastern Prussia, crossed some 1,000 miles of Germany, Belgium and Occupied France to Vichy, later sailed for...

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