Mr. Mayonnaise in the French Resistance

Adolph Hitler was not a lover of mayonnaise, which is really quite surprising considering mayonnaise is white and far superior to all other condiments. During World War II, Georges Mora [born Gunter Morawski in Leipzig in 1913] and French mime artist Marcel Marceau were refugee smugglers with the French Resistance. Mora observed German soldiers would never search sandwiches with mayonnaise for fear it would stain their uniforms. (Hitler was a bit of a Nazi when it came to uniforms.)

[Australian documentary filmmaker Philippe] Mora, 60, praised the bravery of his father and Marceau. ”Marceau told me this story about my dad being called Mr Mayonnaise in the French Resistance.”

His father, who had escaped from Germany after the book-burning, noticed German soldiers would never search sandwiches containing mayonnaise in case drips stained their uniforms.

So the Resistance wrapped the identity papers of Jewish children being smuggled over borders in greaseproof paper, smeared them with mayonnaise and inserted them into sandwiches.

Once again, mayonnaise saves lives. Is there anything it can’t do?

Read more on how mayonnaise sandwiches saved kids from Nazis.

4 Comments

  1. glennmiller (reddit) says:

    I’ve been reading this and your recent Hilarity on reddit and I just want to say that you’re a fantastic person. Next time I drive into Boston I want to buy you a coffee. Or perhaps some high-end mayo ingredients.

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