The Man Who Killed René Bousquet
By killing former Vichy police sergeant René Bousquet, Christian Didier deprived France—in particular French Jews—of an exceptional trial. In 1942, the Vichy police organized the first state crime by taking French Jews to different death camps during what was called the Vel’d’Hiv raid. Prior to his presentation before the International Criminal Tribunal, Bousquet was shot four times in his Parisian apartment. Christian Didier had no apparent reasons for his crime. In L’homme qui tua René Bousquet, Henri Raczymow investigates the murder to understand the apparently insane act of a man who became famous by eliminating what he thought was evil.
Henri Raczymow : Henri Raczymow is the author of several other works, including Le Cygne de Proust, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.