Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice: The Bousquet and Touvier Affairs

Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice: The Bousquet and Touvier Affairs

by Richard J. Golsan
     
 

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Two cases involving World War II-era crimes against humanity reopen a disturbing chapter in France's Vichy past.See more details below

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Two cases involving World War II-era crimes against humanity reopen a disturbing chapter in France's Vichy past.

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ISBN-13:
9780874517415
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Series:
Contemporary French Culture and Society
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.69(d)

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When Bousquet was shot in June 1993, many believed the nation had lost the opportunity to sort out the tangled history of Vichy and its legacy in postwar France, and mete out a more thorough and comprehensive form of justice than the Purge courts had managed to do. In short, the trial of Bousquet was to have been the trial of Vichy as well as a corrective to the flawed justice of the Purge . . . Therefore, when the trial of Touvier for crimes against humanity opened in Versailles in March 1994, the feeling that Vichy and its crimes would finally be tried was palpable. The 'Trial for Remembrance,' as the Parisian daily Liberation put it in their front page headlines, was about to begin. -- from the Introduction

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