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Bad faith : a story of family and fatherland

By: Callil, Carmen

0099498286 / 9780099498285
Paperback
944'.0816'092
02/04/2007
Stock expected by 15/04/2020
England
20 cm xxvi, 518 p., [32] p. of plates : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2006.
The story of one of history's most despicable villians told by a brilliant author

"Bad Faith" tells the story of one of history's most despicable villains and conmen - Louis Darquier, Nazi collaborator and 'Commissioner for Jewish Affairs', who dissembled his way to power in the Vichy government's and was responsible for sending thousands of children to the gas chambers.

After the war, he left France, never to be brought to justice.

Early on in his career, Louis married the alcoholic Myrtle Jones from Tasmania, equally practised in the arts of fantasy and deception, and together they had a child, Anne whom they abandoned in England.

Her tragic story is woven through the narrative. In Carmen Callil's masterful, elegaic and sometimes darkly comic account, Darquier's rise during the years leading up to the Second World War mirrors the rise of French anti-Semitism.

Epic, haunting, the product of extraordinary research, this is a study in powerlessness, hatred and the role of remembrance.

BIC:

1DDF France, 3JJH c 1939 to c 1945 (including WW2), BGH Biography: historical, political & military, HBJD European history, HBWQ Second World War

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