The Corner

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.”


Most Popular


The Bob Newhart Peace Plan

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE There’s a Bob Newhart sketch you probably know: A woman walks into a therapist’s office and says that her life is being spoiled because she spends all of her time obsessing over the fearful possibility that she will be buried alive in a box. His ... Read More
Law & the Courts

So Now What?

So now what? We have a name and an accusation, which is an improvement over the status quo ante. If you’re going to make an allegation of misconduct, this is how you do it: publicly, and attached to as much information as you have. Eternal shame on those who made specific calls before they knew what was being ... Read More