The Algeria Hotel: France, Memory, and the Second World War

The Algeria Hotel France Memory and the Second World War Adam Nossiter spent part of his youth in France During those years in the mid s President de Gaulle forged the myth that France bravely resisted the German occupiers of World War II and that the
  • Title: The Algeria Hotel: France, Memory, and the Second World War
  • Author: Adam Nossiter
  • ISBN: 9780395902455
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Algeria Hotel: France, Memory, and the Second World War
    Adam Nossiter spent part of his youth in France During those years, in the mid 1960s, President de Gaulle forged the myth that France bravely resisted the German occupiers of World War II and that the nation was innocent in the crimes of the Holocaust Collaboration with Germany and the deportations of Jews were subjects not dwelt on not until many years later THE ALGAdam Nossiter spent part of his youth in France During those years, in the mid 1960s, President de Gaulle forged the myth that France bravely resisted the German occupiers of World War II and that the nation was innocent in the crimes of the Holocaust Collaboration with Germany and the deportations of Jews were subjects not dwelt on not until many years later THE ALGERIA HOTEL is Nossiter s intensely personal confrontation with the effects of this awakening to the underside of the French record in the war For three years he lived and traveled in France, listening to people talk about the war mapping their stories, silences, evasions, and even lies In Bordeaux, Nossiter follows the trial of Maurice Papon, the retired French official accused a half century later of orchestrating the deportation of Jews He settles in Vichy, the seat of France s wartime government shadowed by the Algeria Hotel, which housed the agency for Jewish affairs, Nossiter journeys into the dark heart of France s compromises with the Nazis In Tulle, he listens for the echoes of a single afternoon when the Nazis carried out a terrible massacre of the town s residents An artful weave of vivid portraits, clear eyed reporting, and meticulous historical research, The Algeria Hotel is an absorbing and resonant portrait of a nation and its people Illuminating the many ways painful memories of the past leave their mark on the present, Nossiter reveals deep truths about how we remember and why we forget The result is a searching and beautifully written narrative of how the French today live their lives haunted by the war and its crimes.
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  • This was probably actually 1 2 but got boosted up rather than down by the story of Tulle and, to a lesser extent, Orodour I ll finish this review when I ve had time to mull it over.


  • Pretentious and overwritten It was often difficult to understand what he was driving at Example picked or less at random The perfect anonymity of the Algeria, by contrast, was intriguing What clues might it hold about the town s relationship to the Jews and, by extension, to its past If the building had at one time reinforced the apprehensions of a Jewish schoolboy, what could it s desuetude today say about these relationships It was now part of the town s unremarkable fabric This in itself see [...]



  • Notes and reflections on three French cities from Vichy France tat fran ais and Occupied France during World War II The author was in Bordeaux during the trial of Maurice Papon for war crimes Then he was in Vichy, doing research on the old resort town that became, for a brief and dark period of time, the center of French government tat fran ais At the end, he spent time in Tulle talking to people about the massacre on June 9, 1944.To read this, you would have to know a bit about the regime itsel [...]


  • I borrowed this book and read it in two days It fit in nicely with my current WWII binge but I wanted something explicit from this work of nonfiction I thought his thesis a little too under developed and while the three disparate topics were obviously good representatives for his theory of memory and it s exploration, they all felt incomplete in some fashion Maybe that was part of his theory and I missed his point It also was so disturbing to read about these people and their times I also was d [...]


  • I did enjoy reading this book The reluctance of a people owning up to certain events that took place in history is not uncommon This book also reminded me of the review I read about Simon Schama s book about the French revolution and how it was not entirely appreciated in France This in turn reminded me of pro southern history written about the Civil War where the fight was not for the continuation of the institution of slavery, but a brave fight against an over reaching government It is pretty [...]


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