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Georges Wolinski

Georges Wolinski

French cartoonist
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French cartoonist
A.K.A. Georges David Wolinski, Wolinski
Countries France
Occupations Caricaturist Journalist
Gender male
Birth 28 June 1934 (Tunis, Tunis Governorate, Tunisia)
Death 7 January 2015 (Paris, Île-de-France, France)
Spouse: Maryse Wolinski
The details

Georges Wolinski (French: [vɔlɛ̃ski]; 28 June 1934 – 7 January 2015) was a French cartoonist and comics writer. He was killed on 7 January 2015 in a terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo along with other staff.

Early life

Georges David Wolinski was born on 28 June 1934 in Tunis, French Tunisia to Jewish parents, Lola Bembaron and Siegfried Wolinski. His father, who was from Poland, was murdered in 1936 when Wolinski was two years old. His mother was a Tunisian of Italian extraction. He moved to metropolitan France in 1945 shortly after World War II. He started studying architecture in Paris and following his graduation he began cartooning.


Wolinski began cartooning for Rustica in 1958, and started drawing political cartoons in 1960. Three years later, in 1961, he started contributing political and erotic cartoons and comic strips to the satirical monthly Hara-Kiri.

During the student revolts of May 1968, Wolinski co-founded the satirical magazine L'Enragé with Jean-Jacques Pauvert and Siné. He served as the editor-in-chief of Hara-Kiri from 1961 to 1970. In the early 1970s, Wolinski collaborated with the comics artist Georges Pichard to create Paulette which appeared in Charlie Mensuel and provoked reactions in France during its publication. Wolinski's work appeared in the daily newspaper Libération, the weekly Paris-Match, L'Écho des savanes and Charlie Hebdo.

In 2005, he was the recipient of the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême at the Angoulême Festival. The same year he was also awarded the Legion of Honour.


Along with seven of his colleagues, two police officers, and two others, Wolinski was killed on January 7, 2015 in the Charlie Hebdo shooting when armed jihadist terrorists stormed the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices in Paris.

Other works

A text on the Tunisian Revolution, « Les Tunisiens sont « sages » », published in the book Dégage ! une révolution, Phébus, 2012, pp. 164–165, ISBN 978-2-7529-0671-7.

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