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The Burden of Conscience

French Jewish Leadership during the Holocaust

The Burden of Conscience by Richard I. Cohen
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"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.

Indiana University Press;
Title: The Burden of Conscience
Author: Richard I. Cohen
 
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