Doctor Jean Piglowski, owner of Domaine de Fraissinet, was mathematician and have studied in École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In 1914, he was called to join the French troops in the World War I.
18 February 1915: a young officer from Narbonne, Jean Piglowski, felt on the battlefield near a small village in the Vosges mountains. Before collapsing, pierced by enemy bayonets Piglowski had replied to the German soldiers who summoned him to surrender: "A French never went."
One century later, the memory of that tragic day is etched in visible stone stela in the cemetery. "Here lies the lieutenant Jean Piglowski from the infantary section 253 in the middle of his brave soldiers dead for their country on February 18, 1915." You can read below this signature "Germans soldiers have erected this monument."
The heroic attitude of Jean Piglowski facing death, had so impressed the Germans that they decided to bury it on site and erected on his grave stele of pink sandstone. Later, the body of the hero and the monument were repatriated to his hometown.
This city, Narbonne, where Piglowski family of Polish origin, had settled in the late nineteenth century. His grandfather was one of the founders of the spa Vernet-les-Bains, and his father an assistant in the municipality of Dr. Ferroul.
Born in 1889, Jean Piglowski loved teaching. Associate mathematics, leaving the Ecole Normale Supérieure, he was assigned in Albi high school when he was mobilized from summer 1914. So he never had the opportunity to pass on his knowledge to schoolkids of Albi. Jean Piglowski has transmitted a lesson in courage, a virtue that well defined in a letter to his wife February 17, 1915: "Courage is not to raise his head in front of the bullets and shells, but to head down resignedly in the sacrifice of all his happiness ... ".
The man who raised his country above all, sacrificed February 18, 1915, leaving a widow and a son he has never seen.
His descendants decided to honor him by naming
the "Residence Jean Edmond Piglowski".