StampNews.com got to know that Armenian Post has released a special postage stamp dedicated to the Armenian poet, French Resistance fighter and a national hero of France Missak Manouchian. The issue was cancelled and put into circulation on the 26th of May.
The stamp's official cancellation ceremony took place at the newly built new technologies development and training center of Haypost CJSC.
The postage stamp depicts Missak Manouchian at the background of The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the "Red poster" (l'Affiche Rouge), the Eternal flame and a fragment of a letter addressed to his wife Meline Manouchian.
The "Red poster", depicting the portrait of Missak Manouchian and his friends, was distributed by the fascist army in order to detect the underground activists.
Missak Manouchian was born in 1906 in the Armenian village Adiyaman of Western Armenia. Losing his parents during the Armenian Genocide of 1915, he found himself in the French orphanage in Syria, where he studied French and got acquainted with the French culture. Moving to France in 1925, he started his activity by uniting the Armenians around him, publishing literary magazines, not being apart from the events taking place in France.
After the occupation of France by the Nazi troops Manouchian founded the International group of French Resistance movement, but he was arrested together with his group 1943 and three months later they were executed.
Manouchian was only 37 years old.