“Rare and invaluable is the writer who can address a topic that can’t possibly withstand further scrutiny … only to produce a brilliantly original, insight-filled manifesto. Maurice Rajsfus pulls off that exact feat of magic in The Vel d’Hiv Raid: The French Police at the Service of the Gestapo. That the French lustily collaborated with the Nazis during WWII, we know from scores of trustworthy sources, but Rajsfus helps us see the implications of the othering of whole communities based on their ethnic, national, or religious origins, as we’re seeing with President Trump’s flippant rhetoric and certain autocratic European leaders.”
Read the full review at Foreword Reviews.
The Vél D’Hiv Raid publishes in September 2017.