Assassination in Vichy: Marx Dormoy and the Struggle for the Soul of France

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Assassination in Vichy: Marx Dormoy and the Struggle for the Soul of France

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During the night of 25 July 1941, assassins planted a time bomb in the bed of the former French Interior Minister, Marx Dormoy. The explosion on the following morning launched a two-year investigation that traced Dormoy’s murder to the highest echelons of the Vichy regime. Dormoy, who had led a 1937 investigation into the “Cagoule,” a violent right-wing terrorist organization, was the victim of a captivating revenge plot. Based on the meticulous examination of thousands of documents, Assassination in Vichy tells the story of Dormoy’s murder and the investigation that followed.

At the heart of this book lies a true crime that was sensational in its day. A microhistory that tells a larger and more significant story about the development of far-right political movements, domestic terrorism, and the importance of courage, Assassination in Vichy explores the impact of France’s deep political divisions, wartime choices, and post-war memory. [From the publisher]

ISBN

9781487588366

Publication Date

10-2020

Publisher

University of Toronto Press

City

Toronto, Canada

Keywords

Marx Dormoy, France, Vichy government, Assassination, Second World War

Disciplines

European History | Political History

Assassination in Vichy: Marx Dormoy and the Struggle for the Soul of France


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