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Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family, Fatherland and Vichy France

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"Callil arrestingly weaves the sad story of Anne Darquier's ultimately failed efforts to reconcile herself to her Larkinesque condition with the history of Darquier's grungy life, the chaos and political passions of the waning years of the Third Republic, and the sleazy intrigue and backbiting of the Vichy regime." Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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Publisher Comments:

Bad Faith tells the story of one of history's most despicable villains and con men — Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, Nazi collaborator and "Commissioner for Jewish Affairs," who managed the Vichy government's dirty work, "controlling" its Jewish population.

Though he is one of the less remembered figures of the Vichy government, Darquier (the aristocratic "de Pellepoix" was appropriated) was one of its most hideously effective officials. Already a notorious Nazi-supported rabble-rouser when he was appointed commissioner, he set about to eliminate the Jews with particularly brutal efficiency. Darquier was in charge of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ round-up in Paris in which nearly 13,000 Jews were dispatched to death camps. Most of the French who died in Auschwitz were sent there during his tenure. Almost all of the 11,400 French children sent to Auschwitz — the majority of whom did not survive — were deported in his time. In all, he delivered 75,000 French to the Nazis and, at the same time, accelerated the confiscation of Jewish property, which he then used for his own financial gain. Never brought to justice, he lived out his life comfortably in Spain, denying his involvement in the Holocaust until his last days.

Where did Louis Darquier come from? How did this man — a chronic fantasist and hypocrite, gambler and cheat — come to control the fates of thousands? What made him what he was? These are the questions at the center of this extraordinary book. In answering them, Carmen Callil gives us a superlatively detailed and revealing tapestry of individuals and ideologies, of small lives and great events, the forces of government and of personalities — in France and across the European continent — that made Vichy possible, and turned Darquier into its "dark essence."

A tour de force of memory, accountability, and acknowledgment, Bad Faith is a brilliant meld of grand inquisitive sweep and delicate psychological insight, a story of how past choices and actions echo down to the present day, and an invaluable addition to the literature and history of the Holocaust.

Review:

"The bottomless corruption, political and personal, of French fascism is explored in this absorbing biography of one of its most loathsome figures — Louis Darquier, commissioner for Jewish affairs under the Vichy regime. A violent anti-Semite and paid Nazi propagandist before WWII, he helped organize the deportation of French Jews, including thousands of children, to Auschwitz during the German occupation. Callil sets Darquier's public career in an unsparing reconstruction of his sordid private life. A ne'er-do-well who sponged off his family while falsely styling himself an aristocrat, Darquier abandoned his infant daughter, Anne, to an impoverished London nanny. (Anne grew up to become the author's psychiatrist; her possible suicide in 1970 sparked Callil's interest in her family.) Callil's contempt for her subject is evident: his best features, in her portrayal, seem to be the incompetence and laziness that prompted his removal from direct supervision of deportations. Through her superbly written, meticulously researched, densely novelistic portrait of Darquier, Callil (who founded Virago press and was managing director of Chatto & Windus) takes an uncommonly penetrating look at the malignity of fascism and the suffering of its many victims. 32-page photo insert and 19 photos throughout." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[T]his sad but beautifully written work provides a frank and disturbing portrait of the rot that slowly ate away at French society both before and during the Occupation." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"What Darquier really excelled at was graft, and Callil's account of his machinations is superb....Callil's account of France's descent into the anti-Semitic maelstrom [is] dramatic....Intimate." Christopher Caldwell, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Carmen Callil's remarkable Bad Faith is an exemplary exposition of the sinister life of Louis Darquier....A tour de force and, one senses, driven by a need to bear witness, it shows how biography can sometimes be the best history." William Boyd, The Guardian

Review:

"Bad Faith represents eight years of astonishing research....A remarkable book." Antony Beevor, The Sunday Telegraph

Review:

"[A] deft unravelling....Callil pulls off a daunting challenge quite brilliantly....Her detective work is superb, the social background vividly sketched, and the sorrow and the cruelty of it all are the more effective for being understated. She pulls no punches." London Review of Books

Review:

"An excellent book based on much original research as well as an impressive command of the vast secondary literature on Vichy France." Richard Vinen, The Independent (U.K.)

Review:

"Callil's compelling work is reparation to the healer and friend who was unable to speak openly about the cause of her loneliness and suffering. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

Louis Darquier de Pellepoix (1897-1980) was the Commissioner for Jewish Affairs during the Vichy Rgeme in France during World War II. Sentenced to death in absentia for collaboration with the Nazis, he fled to Spain where he was protected by the fascist Franco regime. In this political biography of Darquier, his rise to power is examined, along with his refusal to acknowledge his crimes following the war. Labeling Darquier a "con man" that would have achieved nothing without the Vichy state, the author discusses the career of this largely forgotten figure as an act of memory.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Louis Darquier de Pellepoix (1897-1980) was the Commissioner for Jewish Affairs during the Vichy Rgeme in France during World War II. Sentenced to death in absentia for collaboration with the Nazis, he fled to Spain where he was protected by the fascist Franco regime. In this political biography of Darquier, his rise to power is examined, along with his refusal to acknowledge his crimes following the war. Labeling Darquier a "con man" that would have achieved nothing without the Vichy state, the author discusses the career of this largely forgotten figure as an act of memory. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Carmen Callil was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1938, and moved to the United Kingdom in 1960. A book publisher, she founded Virago Press in 1972 and ten years later became managing director of Chatto & Windus. She is the author (with Colm Tóibín) of The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375411311
Subtitle:
A Forgotten History of Family, Fatherland and Vichy France
Author:
Callil, Carmen
Author:
Carmen Callil
Author:
Carmen Callil
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
History
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 PP OF PHOTOS; 19 ILL IN TXT
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.42x6.64x1.95 in. 2.44 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The bottomless corruption, political and personal, of French fascism is explored in this absorbing biography of one of its most loathsome figures — Louis Darquier, commissioner for Jewish affairs under the Vichy regime. A violent anti-Semite and paid Nazi propagandist before WWII, he helped organize the deportation of French Jews, including thousands of children, to Auschwitz during the German occupation. Callil sets Darquier's public career in an unsparing reconstruction of his sordid private life. A ne'er-do-well who sponged off his family while falsely styling himself an aristocrat, Darquier abandoned his infant daughter, Anne, to an impoverished London nanny. (Anne grew up to become the author's psychiatrist; her possible suicide in 1970 sparked Callil's interest in her family.) Callil's contempt for her subject is evident: his best features, in her portrayal, seem to be the incompetence and laziness that prompted his removal from direct supervision of deportations. Through her superbly written, meticulously researched, densely novelistic portrait of Darquier, Callil (who founded Virago press and was managing director of Chatto & Windus) takes an uncommonly penetrating look at the malignity of fascism and the suffering of its many victims. 32-page photo insert and 19 photos throughout." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "Callil arrestingly weaves the sad story of Anne Darquier's ultimately failed efforts to reconcile herself to her Larkinesque condition with the history of Darquier's grungy life, the chaos and political passions of the waning years of the Third Republic, and the sleazy intrigue and backbiting of the Vichy regime." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "[T]his sad but beautifully written work provides a frank and disturbing portrait of the rot that slowly ate away at French society both before and during the Occupation."
"Review" by , "What Darquier really excelled at was graft, and Callil's account of his machinations is superb....Callil's account of France's descent into the anti-Semitic maelstrom [is] dramatic....Intimate."
"Review" by , "Carmen Callil's remarkable Bad Faith is an exemplary exposition of the sinister life of Louis Darquier....A tour de force and, one senses, driven by a need to bear witness, it shows how biography can sometimes be the best history."
"Review" by , "Bad Faith represents eight years of astonishing research....A remarkable book."
"Review" by , "[A] deft unravelling....Callil pulls off a daunting challenge quite brilliantly....Her detective work is superb, the social background vividly sketched, and the sorrow and the cruelty of it all are the more effective for being understated. She pulls no punches."
"Review" by , "An excellent book based on much original research as well as an impressive command of the vast secondary literature on Vichy France."
"Review" by , "Callil's compelling work is reparation to the healer and friend who was unable to speak openly about the cause of her loneliness and suffering. Highly recommended."
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