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The MaraisThe Story of a Quartier$
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Keith Reader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621044

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.001.0001

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‘The Occupation robbed them of their childhood, their adolescence’

‘The Occupation robbed them of their childhood, their adolescence’

The Marais in the war years and the Fourth Republic

(p.103) Chapter Four ‘The Occupation robbed them of their childhood, their adolescence’
The Marais

Keith Reader

Liverpool University Press

The Jewish Marais obviously looms large in this chapter, dealing as it does with les années noires. A historical overview is complemented by consideration of literary and cinematic representations, by authors such as Tatiana de Rosnay and Roger Ascot and directors such as Gilles Paquet-Brenner and Roger Boussinot. Life-writing is also, and unsurprisingly, important, and several testimonies, narrative and dramatic, are discussed along with the whimsical short stories of the quartier’s best-known chronicler at this time, Cyrille Fleischman. A sharp contrast is provided by Léo Malet’s polar Du Rébecca rue des Rosiers, which along with four Maigret novels by Georges Simenon exploits the ‘mean streets’ aspect of the area before modernization and renewal.

Keywords:   Anti-Semitism, Occupation and Liberation, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Léo Malet, Georges Simenon’s Maigret

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