1937. France. Dir: Jean Renoir. With Jean Gabin, Erich von Stroheim. 114 min.
After being taken prisoner during WWI, a group of French airmen separated by class and cultural background bond through their shared struggle for freedom. Renoir’s long-revered paean to the innate strength and goodness of humankind in the face of adversity was dubbed “Cinematic Public Enemy No. 1” by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.
A quick call-out of thanks to the anonymous tipsterwho wrote in to inform us about this tragic loss – as a public space of this community, we will honor and remember all those who are and were part of the Wesleyan family.
Last Thursday, Hope Reichbach ’10 (former) was found dead in her Boerum Hill apartment from what authorities believe was an accidental overdose of medication. She was 22 years old, and was a staffer of NY City Council member Steve Levin (D- Brooklyn Heights).
According to the tipster, Hope came here to Wes for her freshman year before transferring out to NYU. Many of her close friends were of our Class of 2010.
The many write-ups about her that have come out in the past few days are clear and unified in the understanding of her legacy: Hope was an inspirational figure, a rising star, and a wholly wonderful individual.
It’s difficult to put a post like this together – there’s absolutely nothing one can say with any meaning or depth, with any skill or legitimacy perhaps, to adequately address a loss of this manner. All that can be said is that we are truly sorry to hear of this, and that we mourn for a life lost far too soon.