General Joseph Epstein of the French Communal Army. As a leading Anarchist figure within the French Army Epstein was already ill-disposed towards the Sorelian movement, but as a Jew, who Sorelian leader Georges Valois openly stated were controlling the world Monarcho-Capitalist movement behind the scenes, he was practically the top of the regime's hitlist when they took power. While Secret Police chief Jacques Doirot was able to, with Syndicalist collaboration, purge the Jacobins rather easily, as well as most anarchists who openly opposed the regime, Epstein's status as a war hero from the French Civil War meant that this was far more difficult where he was concerned. When he was found dead in June of 1936, thee government called it suicide, apparently over his guilt from being born Jewish. As many leftist opponents of the regime suspected, however, and as was proven when German soldiers took Paris in 1943, Epstein was in fact assassinated by the Doirot's Vigilance Committees, the French Secret Police. Since then, Epstein's death has driven an unbridgeable wedge between Anarchists and Totalists, and Epstein himself has become a martyr for Anarchism; "Epstein didn't kill himself!" is a popular slogan for counter-protestors at Neo-Totalist rallies, and for Anarchist resistance movements within existing Totalist regimes.