Bad Faith: A Forgotten History Of Family And Fatherland
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Bad Faith: A Forgotten History Of Family And Fatherland

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Bad Faith tells the story of one of history's most despicable villains and conmen - Louis Darquier 'de Pellepoix', Nazi collaborator and 'Commissioner for Jewish Affairs', who managed the Vichy government's dirty work, 'controlling' its Jewish population.

Born into an established, politically moderate family, Louis Darquier ('de Pellepoix' was a later affectation) proceeded

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Hardcover, 614 pages
Published by Jonathan Cape (first published 2006)
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Margaret Sankey
What kind of person would join the Action Francaise and parlay that into a career as Vichy stooge? Well, this guy--black sheep son, failed college student, alcoholic, spousal-abusing con-man with a bigamous Australian wife as batshit crazy as he was. He may have come late to Antisemitism, but once he found a cause willing to validate his ego and bankroll his lifestyle, Louis was the perfect collaborator. Painstaking reconstruction of the career path of just one bureaucratic jackass responsible f...more
D. Ennis
In depth and well documented study of French Anti-Semitism and the pitiful Vichy government.
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Heidi
An interesting read. In a "may you live in interesting times" kind of way.

Last year we went to see the movie "La Rafle", about the Vel d'Hiv' "round up" of French Jews during the Second World War. I bought this book a couple of years ago (because of the title, and because it's about the German occupation of France during WWII, and WWII is one of those things I always want to be learning more about), but only picked it up this year. I will also admit that it got more sustained attention from me b...more
Aaron
I'm not a big fan of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, but when I read Callil's criticism of it I feel compelled to defend it. Because the author of such a mess as this really shouldn't throw stones. But I admire her intent in this book.
Elizabeth
May 12, 2007 Elizabeth is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Those fascinated by the French Occupation
I'm still at the beginning and I am already so impressed by the breadth of Callil's research. Bad Faith is the result of years of intense scholarship, and is a fascinating read.
Mikael
Well researched and documented life of France's version of Eichmann. A great resource on France's Darkest Years, 1940-1944 and Vichy, France. A must read for everyone.
Stephen
Meticulously researched but distinctly unscholarly, and for these reasons the most entertaining and interesting book on Vichy in years.
David Ryan
Some powerful insights into period but often bewildered by the detail.
John
This book was a revelation about the degree of anti-semitism in France.
Jenny
History buffs and Francophiles may be interested in this.
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Carmen Thérèse Callil is a publisher, writer and critic. She founded Virago Press in 1973.
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