Violet Oakley, France, Maurice Alexandre Parodi, United Nations Series
Parodi was President of the Security Council when this drawing was made. Known as â€˜Monsieur X,' a leader of the Paris Underground, he has now emerged to this active service for the world in the bright light of the Council Room of the United Nations. His life was spared by a miracle when France was liberated. Swift, alert, turning rapidly from side to side, he presides with a wisdom won through darkness, danger, and great suffering.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
-Violet Oakley, 1946
Parodi was an officer, an organizer of the French Resistance in World War II, and managing director of the Committee of National Liberation in occupied France. Between 1945 and 1960 he was France's first Permanent Representative to the UN, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Ambassador to Morocco.