Pierre didn't know where it came from, he only knew that it came and it
helped in oh-so-many ways. The money always arrived with a small short note
that simply said, "Keep up the great cause, we will prevail," and was simply
Pierre didn't know who Manny was - nobody did! Not then anyway, we do now.
But this was during World War II when the Black Horror was sweeping Europe .
That's what Manny called it, The Black Horror, & of course he was referring
to the Nazi plague that was taking over most of the continent. Pierre was a
leader of the French Resistance, commonly called the underground. He fought
with groups of French citizens in the best way he could, by living within
main society and leading bands of armed resistance against the Germans in
clandestine activities. They would ambush German patrols, blow up German
installations and sabotage Nazi operations in any way they could.
The Allies were good at providing arms and weapons, but the underground also
needed money. That was a commodity that was very hard to come by during the
war, especially when your country is completely occupied by an invading
And that's where Manny came in. He sent money, and he sent a lot of it.
Manny was Emmanuel Goldenberg, born a Romanian Jew, who was now living in
America . Manny had done very well in his life and he knew only too well
what kinds of horrors were going on in his native Romania & the rest of
Europe . Jews and others were being gassed and killed by the millions and he
had to do something. One thing he could do was use his good fortune to help
the war effort. He had tried to join the Armed Forces, but he didn't
qualify, so he did what he could. He sent money to where it was needed the
most - to the resistance as I said, Pierre was one of the leaders of the
There were many, but Pierre controlled the action around the area of
Normandy . He and his people were very instrumental in assisting the Allied
invasion on D-Day by sabotaging redirecting many Nazi forces moments before
the actual invasion. Much of this was possible because of the money that
arrived every month. Month after month for two years money arrived for
Pierre and his cause from Manny. It never failed!
It literally saved the day. No, Pierre never knew who Manny was, only that
he sent money for food, clothes, gasoline and many other important things.
But years later, we know who Manny was, that silent guardian angel of the
French underground. So do you! He was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood
, and a fine gentleman. It's a Little Known Fact that a very important part
of the success of the French underground came from a source they never knew:
Emmanuel Goldenberg, or as you knew him, the very fine actor Edward G.
P. S. Not many know that he was a famous actor in the Yiddish theater before
he became a movie star.