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In 1942, he escapes the German lines and turned himself over to the British in Cairo.

The festival is being curated by Artangel, whose co-directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris said they were “excited” to be opening up the prison “to such a remarkable range of artists, writers and performers”.Upon reaching Jersey, the pair were arrested and deported back to France, and only managed to re-enter Britain later in the year.Stellmacher went on to hold down a number of jobs, including as a teacher and a writer, before his death in 1994, aged 72. Despite having learnt about his family history, Whishaw said he was not tempted to cast off his adopted surname, unlike Ingrid Stellmacher, who decided to change her name back to her father’s. The couple’s exploits have been collected in a book, Piercing the Waves, by Stellmacher’s daughter, Ingrid, which will be published next year.In it, she also reveals her parents’ desperate efforts to enter Britain with no papers after the war ended, which culminated in an almost fatal attempt to row the 19 miles between France and Jersey in a stolen boat.It was never a secret, everyone around me in my life knew, it's just very hard to know how to say it, in a way, with some sort of dignity and to remain private.”He added: “It was something that happened at that time and now I'm very happy it's just a fact and I can get on with life.” Whishaw, who entered into a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw last summer, also spoke about his reluctance to replace Colin Firth as Paddington in the forthcoming film abut the much-loved bear.“I said no the first time,” he said.

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