Casimir Oberfeld and the plagiarised song

A 52 ’documentary film by Axel Clévenot

A 52’ documentary by Axel Clévenot

Casimir Oberfeld was a well-known Jewish composer in the 1930s whose song “La margotton du bataillon” was plagiarised to become ”Maréchal, nous voilà”. Deported to Auschwitz in 1942, he died when, faced with the arrival of the Red Army, the Nazis evacuated the camp. An outraged Polish priest made sure that he had a decent grave with his Nazi camp ID number engraved on the headstone.

The story could have stopped with this paradox: a Jewish man composed the song used by Marshal Pétain. But it wasn’t to be. In 1959, at the age of 17, Grégoire Dunant discovered that his biological father was not Paul Dunant, the man his mother had married in 1945 when he was 3 years old, but a certain Casimir Oberfeld. He search for him for a long time and finally found this grave. He organised the transfer of Casimir Oberfeld’s ashes to the Sacem’s musicians’ section in Montmartre cemetery.


  • Project in development, upcoming release date

Written and directed by

  • Axel Clévenot