Jean-Paul Sartre, Réflexions sur la question juive [Anti-Semite and Jew]

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French anti-Semitism was made very apparent through the Dreyfus affair which dominated much cultural and political discussion between 1894 and 1906. The First World War fostered a requirement for national unity but anti-Semitism resurfaced in the 1930s, fuelled by economic difficulties, and provided a rallying cry for such right-wing and ultra-Catholic movements as Action française. Following France’s defeat by Germany in 1940, the Vichy regime imposed an anti-Semitic régime and actively collaborated in the deportation of Jews to concentration camps. In Anti-Semite and Jew, Sartre analyses and denounces this French anti-Semitism, critiquing the masquerade that anti-Semitism was a Nazi import.

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Citation: Malinge, Yoann. "Réflexions sur la question juive". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 May 2021 [, accessed 17 April 2024.]

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