Auschwitz by Léon Poliakov

By Léon Poliakov

En 1964, Léon Poliakov présente un recueil de records intitulé Auschwitz. L'ouvrage est le ultimate du style en France. L'auteur avait découvert et rassemblé des assets dans le cadre du Centre de documentation juive contemporaine ; elles avaient servi à los angeles délégation française, dont il fut membre, au procès de Nuremberg. vehicle l'histoire du génocide en France a longtemps été écrite dans les marges de los angeles communauté juive organisée, ignorée de l'Université, par des autodidactes qui apprirent sur le tas l. a. rigueur de l'écriture de l'histoire. Poliakov était de ces très rares.

Dans cette histoire totale, il conjugue, pionnier, les deux elements qui étaient encore mal distingués : Auschwitz, haut lieu du génocide ; Auschwitz, camp de focus où l'on vit, fût-ce d'une vie qui n'est pas une vie. Son consciousness à tout rfile nouveau et son extrême discernement le conduisent à intégrer un extrait du témoignage de Primo Levi, passé inaperçu, et à citer, comme representation de l. a. barbarie, le plaidoyer du médecin SS d'Auschwitz, Hans Münch, qui ne sera condamné par l. a. justice française qu'en 2000.
Lecteurs, nous privilégions désormais le neuf qui n'est bien souvent que l. a. redécouverte de l'ancien. Or en histoire il est des 'classiques' que l'on gagne à relire périodiquement. Celui-ci est du nombre.

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Michael R. ’ Peter Novick, Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Chicago ‘A penetrating analysis of the multiplicity of attitudes and responses in the Arabic-speaking world toward Nazism, anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust’ Francis R. ’ Simon Sebag Montefiore, BBC History Magazine ‘Achcar is in full mastery of both the Arabic and the Western sources on his subject. ’ Booklist Gilbert Achcar The Arabs and the Holocaust The Arab–Israeli War of Narratives Translated from the French by G.

How, then, are we to explain the importance accorded to the Palestinian tragedy apart from the Jewishness of Israel? It cannot fairly be said that the ‘uprooting’ of the Palestinians – to borrow the expression used by Pierre Bourdieu and Abdelmalek Sayad to describe the rural populations ‘regrouped’ by the French army in camps in colonial Algeria83 – has been exceptionally extensive or cruel. Compare it with the Algerian case, in which some two million ‘regrouped persons’ came under the direct control of the French colonial army: measured against its standards of brutality, the Israeli army pales.

They seem not even to have heard of the term nakba. 78 In support, they cite a source that hardly qualifies as authorized: the Arabic translator of a book by a French Holocaust denier. ‘Other aspects of Holocaust terminology’, they continue, ‘have been cast into the Palestinian discourse on the Nakba. ’79 In fact, these formulas do not correspond in the slightest; moreover, the pairs of Arabic words cited are not even formulas in general use in ‘the Palestinian discourse’. In a recent book, Litvak and Webman extend this argument, although they now acknowledge that the use of the term nakba – a very common Arabic word – predated the Nakba itself in warnings against the impending catastrophe in Palestine.

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