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The Burden of Conscience
French Jewish Leadership during the Holocaust
"This sober and restrained work... carries conviction by dint of its measured tone and its depth of archival research. It provides a welcome corrective... " -- New York Times Book Review
"This book will become the definitive history of the Jewish experience in France during the Holocaust." -- Paula Hyman, Jewish Theological Seminary
"... Richard Cohen has written the definitive book about the UGIF and filled an important gap in the historiography of French Jewry." -- Patterns of Prejudice
"... judiciously balanced... a laudable effort, at once thoughtful and thought-provoking." -- Dimensions
"Richard I. Cohen's important contribution to the study of French Jewry during the Vichy years provides a necessary corrective to less scholarly earlier writings on the topic. Meticulously researched and objectively argued... " -- American Historical Review
By investigating the real-life dilemmas of French Jewish leadership, Cohen offers an important corrective to simplistic, judgmental interpretations of Jews under Vichy.
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