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Remembering in Vain By Alain Finkielkraut

Remembering in Vain
by Alain Finkielkraut

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The author argues that the Barbie trial attests to the failure of international society to take responsibility for crimes of the state. He maintains that trying Barbie for actions on which the statute of limitations had run out blurred the definition of crimes against humanity.
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Remembering in Vain: The Klaus Barbie Trial and Crimes Against Humanity by Alain Finkielkraut

In 1988, in what was probably one of the last trials of a Nazi war criminal and the first of such trials to take place in France, Klaus Barbie, the notorious "Butcher of Lyon", was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. Yet despite the memories stirred, despite the verdict, to Alain Finkielkraut the trial was a moral failure. In Remembering in Vain, Finkielkraut maintains that the Barbie trial attests to the failure of international society to take responsibility for criminals of state. Trying Barbie not only for actions against Jews but also for actions against the Resistance-actions heretofore considered war crimes, on which the statute of limitations had run out-blurred the definition of crimes against humanity. Finkielkraut finds most disturbing how seriously taken were the arguments of the defence. By manipulating the guilty conscience of the West, Barbie's Vietnamese-French, Congolese, and Algerian lawyers became accusers, disputing the special significance of the Holocaust and portraying nearly everyone as a Nazi-except the former Nazi himself. Finkielkraut points to the ultimate irony of this Third World defense of a Nazi.

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GOR010402114
Remembering in Vain: The Klaus Barbie Trial and Crimes Against Humanity by Alain Finkielkraut
Alain Finkielkraut
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Used - Well Read
Hardback
Columbia University Press
1992-11-19
102
0231074646
9780231074643
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