A Paris man’s open letter to his wife’s killers is moving people to tears as it spreads on social media and TV.
Antoine Leiris’ wife, Helene, was among 89 people killed in a concert hall in Paris on Friday.
His original letter has been shared more than 190,000 times on Facebook since Monday, and has been translated into several languages.
He tells the attackers he won’t give them the gift of hating them, and he promises to raise the couple’s 17-month-old son ‘happy and free.”
His full message below:
‘I will not give you the gift of hating you’
On Friday night you stole the life of an exceptional being, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred. I don’t know who you are, and I don’t want to know, you are dead souls. If this God for whom you kill so blindly made us in his own image, every bullet in my wife’s body would have been a wound in his heart.
Therefore I will not give you the gift of hating you. You have obviously sought it, but responding to it with anger would be to give in to the same ignorance that made you what you are. You want me to be afraid, to cast a mistrustful eye on my fellow citizens, to sacrifice my freedom for security?
You Lost. Same player. Same Game
I saw her this morning, finally, after many nights and days of waiting. She was as beautiful as she was when she left on Friday evening. As beautiful as when I fell madly in love with her more than 12 years ago. Of course I’m devastated with grief, I will give you that tiny victory.
But this will be a short-term grief. I know that she will join us every day. And that we will find each other again in the paradise of free souls. Which you will never have access to.
We are two, my son and I, but we are more powerful than all the world’s armies.
In any case, I have no more time to waste on you. I need to get back to Melvil, who is waking up from his afternoon nap. He’s just 17 months old. He’ll eat his snack everyday, and then we’re going to play like we do every day. And ebvery day of his life this little boy will insult you with his happiness and his freedom. Because you don’t have his hatred either. – Antione Leiris
The German news magazine Der Spiegel revealed their Paris cover, which quotes Leiris’s message:]