Survivor stories
Representing persecution and extermination in French crime fiction of the 1980s and 1990s
in French crime fiction and the Second World War
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This chapter analyses representations of wartime persecution and extermination in the work of three French crime writers from the 1980s and 1990s. It begins by setting out the context for the reappraisal of Jewish memories of the Second World War in France during these years, above all the trials for crimes against humanity which reignited public debate on the extent of French state collusion in the Holocaust. It then discusses novels by Gérard Delteil, Thierry Jonquet and Konop. The chapter investigates how each crime novelist grapples with the moral dilemma of representing the concentration camps in fiction just as the survivor generation begins to disappear.

French crime fiction and the Second World War

Past crimes, present memories


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