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Operation Yellow Star / Black Thursday


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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

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$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.

About the Author

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.


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 "

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