Diary of A Witness

Diary of A Witness


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This is the first English translation of the Diary of Raymond-Raoul Lambert, a leader of the Union of French Jews during WWII who, while bureaucratically involved with the Vichy and Nazi governments, worked to aid and protect fellow Jews. The diary accounts in necessarily circumspect language his own experience and those that he was witness to between 1940 and 1943. His actions eventually resulted in arrest, and he and his family were killed at Auschwitz. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
For years, the Diary of Raymond-Raoul Lambert has been among the most important untranslated records of the experience of the Jews of France in the Holocaust. It covers three years of the war, terminating on the day before Lambert's arrest in August 1943 and his shipment to Draney. Four months later he and his wife and their four children were deported to Auschwitz, where they all perished.
Lambert's Diary provides an intimate encounter with One of French Jewry's important leaders from the 1930S into the war years. From the end of 1941 until his arrest, he served as general director of the General Union of the Jews of France (UGIF), established by the Vichy government in the unoccupied zone under the Nazi occupation. Although written with the circumspection necessary under stressful and dangerous conditions, Lambert's Diary reveals his efforts to aid and protect the Jews of France. His actions and those of the UGIF provoked fierce debate and controversy which find authentic expression in the Diary.

Natl Book Network
Raymond-Raoul Lambert's Diary has been among the most important untranslated records of the experience of French Jews in the Holocaust. Lambert, a leader of the Union of French Jews (UGIF), was, in the words of the historian Michael Marrus, "arguably the most important Jewish official in contact with the Vichy government and the Germans." Lambert's Diary survived the war and was published in France in 1985. It reveals Lambert's efforts to save the Jews in France, particularly the children.

Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, c2007
ISBN: 9781566637404
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 LAM
Characteristics: lxvi, 221 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm


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