Sans toi je serais en route pour un grand voyage
Pourquoi Louis Engelmann, raflé à Paris et interné à Compiègne, a-t-il échappé au premier convoi de Juifs parti de France pour le camp d'extermination d'Auschwitz le 27 mars 1942 ? Comment, le 8 août, a-t-il été libéré du camp de transit de Drancy ? Inédit, le journal intime de cet ingénieur, ancien combattant de 1914-1918, révèle les terribles conditions d'internement au camp de Royallieu à Compiègne des notables parisiens juifs raflés le 12 décembre 1941. Il témoigne ensuite de celles du camp de Drancy au moment où affluent les victimes de la rafle dite "du Vel' d'Hiv'" (16-17 juillet 1942). En parallèle, le journal tenu par son épouse Mariette nous fait vivre sa détresse et ses démarches insensées pour arracher Louis à la déportation. Longtemps, les journaux de Louis et Mariette ainsi que les lettres qu'ils ont échangées, sont restés au fond d'un tiroir. Philippe Bernard, leur neveu, journaliste au Monde, les a réunis et entrelacés pour transformer ce drame personnel en un récit haletant. Il tente de comprendre les mécanismes qui ont conduit à l'enfouissement de ces événements dans la mémoire familiale, et les raisons de leur redécouverte récente.
Death in the City of Light
Death in the City of Light is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma. He was the “People’s Doctor,” known for his many acts of kindness and generosity, not least in providing free medical care for the poor. Petiot, however, would soon be charged with twenty-seven murders, though authorities suspected the total was considerably higher, perhaps even as many as 150. Who was being slaughtered, and why? Was Petiot a sexual sadist, as the press suggested, killing for thrills? Was he allied with the Gestapo, or, on the contrary, the French Resistance? Or did he work for no one other than himself? Trying to solve the many mysteries of the case, Massu would unravel a plot of unspeakable deviousness. When Petiot was finally arrested, the French police hoped for answers. But the trial soon became a circus. Attempting to try all twenty-seven cases at once, the prosecution stumbled in its marathon cross-examinations, and Petiot, enjoying the spotlight, responded with astonishing ease. His attorney, René Floriot, a rising star in the world of criminal defense, also effectively, if aggressively, countered the charges. Soon, despite a team of prosecuting attorneys, dozens of witnesses, and over one ton of evidence, Petiot’s brilliance and wit threatened to win the day. Drawing extensively on many new sources, including the massive, classified French police file on Dr. Petiot, Death in the City of Light is a brilliant evocation of Nazi-Occupied Paris and a harrowing exploration of murder, betrayal, and evil of staggering proportions. From the Hardcover edition.
The Qumran Mystery
A man robbed and brutally murdered: not such a rare event in late 1990s Jerusalem. But this victim was crucified. And suspected of having stolen an undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll that may touch on another crucifixion, nearly two millennia ago...For Ary Cohen and his palaeographer father, David, it is the start of a terrifying quest to find the Scroll. Their search will lead them to New York, England, Paris - and deep into the Judaean desert where an obscure Essene sect once made their home between the inhospitable Dead Sea and the forbidding cliffs of Qumran. And wherever they go, death follows. An extraordinary blend of contemporary adventure and Biblical learning that took France by storm, The Qumran Mystery is a compelling multi-layered thriller. It engrosses you in both Ary and David's plight, and equally in the central question of Jesus's existence and death. Its solution is so persuasively plotted, so daringly original, that it will continue to haunt you long after the last page has been turned.