Author's Preface to the English Edition Book One - Operation Yellow Star Note Honor and Discipline In the Service of Immoral Laws The Stages of Humiliation Toward the Yellow Star A Little History The Preliminaries Preparations Hunting Them Down The Requests for Special Dispensation Non-Jews Wearing the Badge A Compliant Press Toward Liberation The Red Line Book Two - Black Thursday: The Round-up of July 16, 1942 Preface Part One Twelve Hours of Anxiety [untitled chapters 1-15] Part Two: No Witnesses, No Crime! Local Amnesia The Police Have Forgotten The Bus Drivers Did Their Job Vincennes City Hall Has No Information What About the Churches? My City Has Lost Its Memory Part Three: Survivor of the Absurd Memories, a User's Guide Lost Children... Appendix - Interview with Maurice Rajsfus
$4000 marketing and publicity budget Published to coincide with the 75th commemorative anniversary of the implementation of the Yellow Star in France and the infamous round-up of Vel' d'Hiv, where 13,000 Jews, including the author and his family, were "kidnapped" by collaborationist French police. The majority of these people died in the Holocaust. Early book publicity in anticipation of the book publication happening around the time of the annual yarzeit, Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 23, 2017. Former director of publicity for Oxford University Press, Christian Purdy, will be working with us on this book. Early interest in the book expressed by one of the The New York Times' Paris-based correspondents, Pamela Druckerman, who spearheaded Kaminsky coverage and animation in The Times. Aiming for first and second serials in major leftist publications. Rare interview with Rajsfus conducted by Justine Malle, the daughter of filmmaker Louis Malle, will be circulated by DoppelHouse Press on our YouTube channel as part of publicity and marketing efforts.
Maurice Rajsfus (b. 1928) is an activist and former investigative journalist for Le Monde. He is the author of thirty books, including many examining the Vichy regime and its legacy in French police culture. He has also written about Drancy concentration camp and Israel-Palestine, as well as co-authored several illustrated books about history. In 1990, Rajsfus and several friends founded "Ras l'Front," an anti-Le Pen association of far-left-wing organizations extremely active in the 1990s against the rise of nationalist parties in France and fascist ideas. They worked together and promoted leftist causes through a monthly publication as well as actions. He served as chairman from 1991-1999. From 1994-2012 Rajsfus created and circulated "Que fait la police," a "Cop Watch" bulletin with press clippings detailing human rights abuses by French police. His books about the V l d'Hiv raid and his experiences during WWII have been brought together to form the basis of a YA comic (Tartamudo editions) as well as a play written and directed by Philippe Ogouz, which was then adapted for film in 2010, Souvenirs d'un vieil enfant: La rafle du Vel' d'Hiv (Memories of an Old Child: The Roundup of the Vel' d'Hiv), directed by Alain Guesnier. Maurice Rajsfus lives in Paris with his wife, and has two sons as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Well researched and deeply personal, the accounts are powerful in
- San Francisco Book Review
If [Rajsfus] still wishes to recall how scrupulously -- and even with zeal -- the French police applied Nazi orders, he also wants to warn us against certain xenophobic or discriminatory speech still heard recently that could lead to behavior of that bygone age.
Maurice Rajsfus has devoted his life to denouncing and combating racism, fascism, intolerance, and police brutality, while putting in his texts a good dose of caustic irony.
- Jakilea, Basque Human Rights Defense League
Adept reporting and personal experience make for a gripping read... While each book is strong enough to stand on its own, Operation Yellow Star and Black Thursday together make an unusual, important, credibly researched, and skillfully written contribution to Holocaust literature.
- Susan Waggoner, Foreword Reviews
An interesting view into the field of investigative journalism as we follow the author's steps to find more information at the Archives de la Pr fecture de Police de Paris [which] exposes the reluctance of the French police to come to terms with its own past. He also emphasizes the various problems faced by researchers studying the era in terms of access to archival material. This investigation touches on numerous issues of memory such as the role of bystanders and their apparent indifference, not only at the time of the events, but also as a memory of shameful collaboration.
- Patrick Fournier, H-France Review
An unsparing indictment of Paris police during the Nazi occupation.... The author's memory of July 16 is harrowing.... Besides commemorating his family's murder, Rajsfus raises awareness about how "the enemies of human rights are once more gaining ground," spouting xenophobia that is easily transferable to any minority group. A heartfelt, timely plea to remember past atrocities.
- Kirkus Reviews
Maurice Rajsfus is not only a historian of the raid: he lived it in his flesh, saw it with his own eyes, and if he had not had the audacity and ingenuity of a Parisian street urchin, son of immigrant Polish Jews that he was, would have suffered the same fate as his parents, deported and assassinated in Auschwitz. Without making improper comparisons, the roundup of the V l d'Hiv is a very current topic. Maurice Rajsfus' narrative can help us to grasp both the logic and the implications of a policy of exclusion of populations and communities who, because of their ethnic, national or religious origin, are not protected by the State of which they are a part.
- Michel Warschawski, author of On the Border, winner of Le Prix des Amis du Monde Diplomatique (2002)
Through his sobering, exhaustive research Rajsfus chronicles the arrests, harassment, and deportations of Jews [in France].... Rajsfus' eyewitness, unblinking account of the events in Vichy France is a journalistic, yet passionately written j'accuse against the French collaborators and those who want to erase the [era's] devastating atrocities.
- Lew Whittington, New York Journal of Books
Well documented ... essential for understanding and above all not forgetting. To this day there are still no pictures of the days of horror at the Velodrome d'Hiver.
- Clara Magazine