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Pourquoi Louis Engelmann, raflé à Paris et interné à Compiègne, a-t-il échappé au premier convoi de Juifs parti de France pour le camp d'extermination d'Auschwitz le 27 mars 1942 ? Comment, le 8 août, a-t-il été libéré du camp de transit de Drancy ? Inédit, le journal intime de cet ingénieur, ancien combattant de 1914-1918, révèle les terribles conditions d'internement au camp de Royallieu à Compiègne des notables parisiens juifs raflés le 12 décembre 1941. Il témoigne ensuite de celles du camp de Drancy au moment où affluent les victimes de la rafle dite "du Vel' d'Hiv'" (16-17 juillet 1942). En parallèle, le journal tenu par son épouse Mariette nous fait vivre sa détresse et ses démarches insensées pour arracher Louis à la déportation. Longtemps, les journaux de Louis et Mariette ainsi que les lettres qu'ils ont échangées, sont restés au fond d'un tiroir. Philippe Bernard, leur neveu, journaliste au Monde, les a réunis et entrelacés pour transformer ce drame personnel en un récit haletant. Il tente de comprendre les mécanismes qui ont conduit à l'enfouissement de ces événements dans la mémoire familiale, et les raisons de leur redécouverte récente.
Death in the City of Light
Death in the City of Light is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma. He was the “People’s Doctor,” known for his many acts of kindness and generosity, not least in providing free medical care for the poor. Petiot, however, would soon be charged with twenty-seven murders, though authorities suspected the total was considerably higher, perhaps even as many as 150. Who was being slaughtered, and why? Was Petiot a sexual sadist, as the press suggested, killing for thrills? Was he allied with the Gestapo, or, on the contrary, the French Resistance? Or did he work for no one other than himself? Trying to solve the many mysteries of the case, Massu would unravel a plot of unspeakable deviousness. When Petiot was finally arrested, the French police hoped for answers. But the trial soon became a circus. Attempting to try all twenty-seven cases at once, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, enjoying the spotlight, responded with astonishing ease. His attorney, René Floriot, a rising star in the world of criminal defense, also effectively, if aggressively, countered the charges. Soon, despite a team of prosecuting attorneys, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of evidence, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day. Drawing extensively on many new sources, including the massive, classified French police file on Dr. Petiot, Death in the City of Light is a brilliant evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of murder, betrayal, and evil of staggering proportions. From the Hardcover edition.
The Righteous of Switzerland
For years, Americans have been told about the complicity of Swiss bankers with the Nazi war machine. But this is only part of the story. During World War II, barve Swiss citizen risked danger and death because they refused to remain neutral in the face of crimes against humanity. As a result of their determined efforts, many thousands of jewish lives were saved. Some of these little-known heroe have already been honored as "righteous Among the Nations" by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, but the deeds of others are only now receiving the attention they deserve. Drawing extensively on the testimonials of eyewitnesses and those whose lives were saved, Meir Wagner presents compelling accounts of these courageous men and women who listened only to the voice of their conscience.
Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is considered to be the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault upon racial lynchings in the South. Originally sung in New York's Cafe Society, these revolutionary lyrics take on a life of their own in this revealing account of the song and the struggle it personified. Strange Fruit not only chronicles the civil rights movement from the '30s on, it examines the lives of the beleaguered Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol, the white Jewish schoolteacher and communist sympathizer who wrote the song that would have an impact on generations of fans, black and white, unknown and famous, including performers Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt, and Sting.
The Book Thieves
"A most valuable book." —Christian Science Monitor For readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful owners. While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greater literary crime. Through extensive new research that included records saved by the Monuments Men themselves—Anders Rydell tells the untold story of Nazi book theft, as he himself joins the effort to return the stolen books. When the Nazi soldiers ransacked Europe’s libraries and bookshops, large and small, the books they stole were not burned. Instead, the Nazis began to compile a library of their own that they could use to wage an intellectual war on literature and history. In this secret war, the libraries of Jews, Communists, Liberal politicians, LGBT activists, Catholics, Freemasons, and many other opposition groups were appropriated for Nazi research, and used as an intellectual weapon against their owners. But when the war was over, most of the books were never returned. Instead many found their way into the public library system, where they remain to this day. Now, Rydell finds himself entrusted with one of these stolen volumes, setting out to return it to its rightful owner. It was passed to him by the small team of heroic librarians who have begun the monumental task of combing through Berlin’s public libraries to identify the looted books and reunite them with the families of their original owners. For those who lost relatives in the Holocaust, these books are often the only remaining possession of their relatives they have ever held. And as Rydell travels to return the volume he was given, he shows just how much a single book can mean to those who own it.
The Making of Schindler s List
Details the author's emotional undertaking to recreate an accurate portrayal of the city of Krakow and the horrific events that transpired for the film Schindler's List, and provides a look at the life of Leopold Pfefferberg, who inspired Thomas Kenneally to write the story of Schindler. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
Hidden in France
In the summer of 1942, when Jews throughout France were being rounded up and sent to concentration camps, twelve-year-old Simon Jeruchim, his older sister, and his younger brother were sent into hiding in separate foster homes around the countryside of Normandy. Their parents, unbeknownst to the children, were arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where they perished.Thus the young refugees avoided arrest, but they were still not safe from the ravages of the war. Staying alive meant affecting a gentile identity, even going to Mass on Sundays. Living conditions were harsh, and the far work was heavy and difficult; but even worse were the loneliness,, isolation, uncertainty, and fear that dogged young Simon day and night.After the war Simon was reunited with his siblings. They were placed in a series of homes for Jewish children,and in 1949 they were sent to begin news lives in America. Here is a story of the courage of children and compassion of strangers, and a view of the barely comprehensible events of war from the vantage point of shattered innocence. "Hidden in France"is, above all, a story of survival and perseverance against all odds.
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