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The Heirs of Petain


Rod, like you I read that story from France with disgust. The heading doesn’t do it justice, however, except, I suppose, ironically. It refers, of course, to Au Revoir, Les Enfants, a brilliant (and heart-breaking) movie that tells the (true) tale of some Jewish children sheltered by the astonishingly brave staff of a Catholic school in war-time France.

Now read how their successors are said to have behaved:

“When [the Jewish child] broke free from his tormentors in the shower, he ran for help to the teachers’ lounge but none of the faculty rose from their chairs to help the disheveled and distraught boy.”



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