Assassins of Memory: Essays on the Denial of the Holocaust (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) Feb 18, by Pierre. We are very grateful to Pierre Vidal-Naquet and his american publisher, Columbia University Press, for allowing us to make this text available. Pierre Emmanuel Vidal-Naquet was a French historian who began teaching at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Biography · Activism · Criticism · Works.
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His father, Lucien, was a lawyer. The Vidal-Naquets had long abandoned religious practice, and like many assimilated French Jewish families, their religion, if they had one, was attachment pierre vidal naquet the democratic values of the French Republic.
Vidal-Naquet's grandfather had been involved in the struggle to prove Dreyfus innocent; his uncle was named Georges after Georges Picquart, the army officer who had helped uncover the affairEmile after Zolaand Alfred after Pierre vidal naquet himself.
Pierre pierre vidal naquet his father telling him the Dreyfus story during the German occupation. The family had taken refuge in Marseille and Lucien was excluded from the legal profession by Vichy's anti-semitic laws. From the end of the Germans occupied the whole of Pierre vidal naquetand Marseille was no longer safe.
On May 15Pierre's parents were arrested and deported to Auschwitz. Pierre was not at home, and one of his teachers organised some fellow pupils to track the boy down and prevent him returning home.
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Only after liberation did Pierre understand he would never see his parents again. He completed his studies, and started a career as a historian of ancient Greece. His first posting was at Caen inbut almost immediately he was catapulted into another parallel existence which absorbed him for years.
In a revolt broke out in Algeria against the French. The French army rapidly resorted to ever dirtier tactics to break the rebels. In Pierre vidal naquetMaurice Audin, a mathematics lecturer at Algiers University who opposed war, was arrested. Ten days later he disappeared after supposedly escaping from detention.
Vidal-Naquet was suspicious of the army's version of events, and he was one of the founders, in Novemberof the Maurice Audin committee. In MayVidal-Naquet published his book, L'Affaire Audin, using his forensic historical training to demolish the official version, and demonstrate that Audin had been murdered by the French army and probably tortured.
Thus began for Vidal-Naquet four years of political activism. In the Audin committee published an article entitled Nous Accusons.
In Vidal-Naquet was one pierre vidal naquet intellectuals who signed a petition defending the right of insubordination for conscripts called up to fight in Algeria.
He testified in September in defence of Henri Jeanson, who was involved in actively supporting the Algeria rebels.
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For these activities Vidal-Naquet was suspended from his pierre vidal naquet post for a year in His father Lucien was a lawyer, of " Dreyfusard " temperament, who quickly entered the Resistance in order to avoid exile. In Junethe family moved to Marseille. Arrested by the Gestapo on 15 MayVidal-Naquet's father was deported, along with his wife, in June They were sent to Auschwitzwhere they died.
There, he read pierre vidal naquet lot, including the Iliadand came to know his cousin, the philosopher Jacques Brunschwig.
He later learnt that the Nazis had made "his father dance," something pierre vidal naquet would never forget. He read Marc Bloch's Strange Defeat, a book attempting to explain the causes of the defeat during the Battle of Francewhich is one of the origins of his vocation as a historian.
Their work pierre vidal naquet renew approaches to the study of Ancient Greece. Vidal-Naquet co-authored several books with Jean-Pierre Vernant, with whom he was friends. Pierre Pierre vidal naquet was an atheist. Along with Jean-Paul Sartre and others, he signed the Manifesto of thea call for civil disobedience against the Algerian war.
He was also opposed to the Regime of the Colonels —74 in Greece.