In This Review
Pétain's Crime: The Full Story Of French Collaboration In The Holocaust
Ivan R. Dee, 1991, 225 pp.
A British journalist retells the familiar story of Vichy's preemptive antisemitic measures, of French complicity in the war against the Jews. His principal themes are Pétain's personal responsibility and the pervasive antisemitism that sustained his policies. The Catholic Church was divided: the many acts of individual courage saved the lives of 250,000 Jews. This derivative if readable book emphasizes the decades of postwar denial, when French textbooks and public opinion remained largely silent about Pétain's culpability and that of many of his fellow citizens.
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