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Marcel Noppeney was born on 24 April 1877 in Luxembourg in an upper middle class. He pursued studies in law and history in Paris and often frequented literary circles. At the beginning of the 1st World War in 1914, Noppeney founded an emergency services committee for the French and Belgian war casualties. In 1934, Noppeney created the “Société des écrivains luxembourgeois de langue française” (Society of Francophone Luxembourgian Writers), of which he served as the first president until his death in spring 1966. Immediately after the German invasion in 1940, Marcel Noppeney was arrested and transferred to the Dachau concentration camp. Upon returning to Luxembourg, Marcel Noppeney devoted himself fully to the “defence and honouring of the French language”.

Joseph Gaspard Hackin, born on 8 November 1886 in Boevange/Attert, was a Luxembourgian French archaeologist specialized in the Orient. He was the director oft he Guimet Museum in Paris. After studies in the French capital he was drafted as a private soldier and advanced to the positions of lieutenant and company commander by the end of the war. In the Second World War, he was commissioned by de Gaulle to represent the interests of Free France as an envoy to the English viceroy in India. Joseph Hackin and his wife didn’t survive the journey to India, their ship was attacked by a German U-Boat and sank.

Jean Lucien Nicolas Jacoby, born on 26 March 1891 in Luxembourg, was a Luxembourgian Olympic champion. Jean Jacoby studied art in Strasbourg and was later artistic manager in a printing house. In 1934, he moved to Mulhouse, where he suffered two years later a fatal heart attack. At the Olympic Games of both 1924 and 1928, he won a gold medal in the art competitions and was considered the most successful Olympic artist.