Jacques Hrolf was born into an influential merchant family in Marseille. An avid reader as child, his stumbling onto the works of Marx and Lenin in the middle of the Depression when capitalism was at its lowest ebb had a profound impact on his mind.
The Kaiser's armies rolled through Lorraine in 1914; Cerise was six. Her father spent the next few years in a German prison, too patriotic for his own good -- never mind that the French hadn't been too fond of Lorrainers back before the Franco-Prussian War …
Back and forth, back and forth he rocks in mud and shit. His knees are driving into his chest; each breath is a sucking struggle against his mask's filter. The rhythmic beat continues unceasing outside the hole. The shelling goes on …