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Of No Interest to the Nation

A Jewish Family in France, 1925-1945
Lu par : Kirk Winkler
Durée : 5 h et 32 min
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Gilbert Michlin's sober text thoroughly documents the story of a Jewish immigrant family in France during the war years. Known as the country of enlightenment and human rights, France drew many Jews from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, including Michlin's parents, who fled the harsh conditions of Poland in the mid-1920s. Michlin's memoir evokes the golden years of his family's life in prewar Paris, where he was born, but also reflects on the difficulties of being Jewish in France. His father learned this when French authorities rejected his request for naturalization on the symbolic pretext that he was "of no interest to the nation." The rise of Nazi Germany, the German occupation of France, and the advent of the Vichy government and its anti-Jewish laws would soon follow, and in 1944 the Michlin family would be deported to Auschwitz.

Very little memoir material is available in English detailing either the French Jewish experience during World War II or the experience of immigrants in France in the 1930s. Of No Interest to the Nation is a valuable book for students and scholars of Jewish and European history, the Holocaust, and European immigration during the first half of the twentieth century.

The book is published by Wayne State University Press.

©2004 Wayne State University Press (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks


"A very powerful and a very moving account of a remarkable survival." (Robert O. Paxton, author of Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order)
"His is an important testimony, one that breaks my heart." (Judith Graves Miller, chair of the Department of French at New York University)
"Provides us with fascinating evidence of how immigrant Jews in the interwar years blended their desire for integration with their attachment to their Jewish heritage. ( H-France Review)

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