|To mark the centenary of Victor Hugo’s death in 1985, The UNESCO Courier, then published in 32 languages, devoted an entire issue to the French writer, a salute to the man who was both a part of his century and of the future, who denounced the death penalty and fought for the rights of man and the oppressed.A medal was also struck at the Paris Mint. Designed by the French artist Louisette-Jeanne Courroy, the obverse carries a portrait of Victor Hugo at the age of 50. The reverse shows a storm-swept tree and the inscription, C’est par la fraternité qu’on sauve la liberté (Fraternity is the saviour of liberty), a declaration made by Hugo when he returned to Paris from exile in 1870.
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