Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family and Fatherland

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Jonathan Cape, 2006 - Antisemitism - 614 pages
"Bad Faith "tells the story of one of history's most despicable villains and con men--Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, Nazi collaborator and "Commissioner for Jewish Affairs" in France's Vichy government. Darquier set about to eliminate Jews in France with brutal efficiency, delivering 75,000 men, women, and children to the Nazis and confiscating Jewish property, which he used for his own gain. Carmen Callil's riveting and sometimes darkly comic narrative reveals Darquier as a self-obsessed fantasist who found his metier in propagating hatred--a career he denied to his dying day--and traces the heartrending consequences for his daughter Anne of her poisoned family legacy. A brilliant meld of epic sweep and psychological insight, "Bad Faith "is a startling history of our times.

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Unaware that her father was responsible for sending to their deaths thousands of French Jews, many of them children, Anne Darquier grew up in England in the care of a nanny, having been abandoned in ... Read full review


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Carmen Callil was born in Australia and moved to England, where she began working in the publishing industry. In 1972 she founded Virago, publishing such authors as A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, and Toni Morrison. She was subsequently Managing and Publishing Director of Chatto & Windus, publisher-atlarge for Random House UK, and Director of Channel 4 Television. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and co-author of "The Modern Library.

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