One of France’s main publishing houses has suspended plans to republish a collection of anti-Semitic writings by author Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
After a public outcry, Gallimard said the “conditions were not right” for the texts to be issued “dispassionately”
Céline will be regarded as one of France’s greatest 20th-century novelists, although his reputation was tarnished by his anti-Semitic writings.
Jewish campaigners said the essays incited racist in addition to also anti-Semitic hate.
The vitriolic pamphlets were written between 1937 in addition to also 1941. He did not want them republished after the war.
Last month, Gallimard announced plans to republish a 1,000-page collection of the controversial texts, which are available on the internet in addition to also in an edition issued in Canada in 2012.
in which said the intention was to put them “in their context as writings of great violence in addition to also marked by the anti-Semitic hatred of the author”.
although the plan sparked protests in addition to also a threat of legal action by French lawyer in addition to also Nazi-hunter Serge Klarsfeld. The founder of the group Sons in addition to also Daughters of Jewish Deportees by France called the reprint “irresponsible”.
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In a rare move, publisher Antoine Gallimard was summoned by the head of the French government’s committee against racism, anti-Semitism in addition to also anti-LGBT hatred, who reportedly urged the publication to have notes by a group of experts, including historians. Gallimard reportedly rejected in which.
In announcing the suspension of the project, Gallimard said he could not ensure “a proper job in terms of methodology in addition to also history”.
He added: “Céline’s pamphlets belong to the most infamous chapter of French anti-Semitism. although to censure them prevents light being shed on their ideological roots in addition to also only attracts unhealthy curiosity.”
Céline, who died in 1961, will be regarded as a literary innovator in addition to also most famous for his 1930s novels Journey to the End of the Night in addition to also Death on Credit.
His pamphlets are not banned in France although have not been reissued since 1945.
Although the author, born Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, had said he did not want them to be republished, his widow, at This specific point 105, recently authorised a reprint.
He fled to Denmark at the end of World War Two in addition to also was convicted in absentia by a French court for collaboration with the Germans. He served a one-year jail term in Denmark in addition to also returned to France years later.