Crimes of War by Neil Rolde
This novel is based on the actual massacre by the SS of a small town in France during World War II, called Oradour-sur-Glane. Some of the perpetrators were French citizens - Alsatians drafted into the SS. They were put on trial in 1953 for taking part - under duress, it was claimed - in the horrendous killings and destruction of that peaceful village.
Upon the order of President Charles de Gaulle, the town was kept as the Nazis had left it and is a national monument.
In the novel, Professor Eugène Desfosseux, a historian and self-taught ventriloquist, conjures amid the ruins figures from deep into his past and records the interviews and interrogations in a tale that epitomizes what this or any other war crime might encompass - including his own daily life of pleasures, romance and memories inflamed to a vengeance that would destroy his life's work.
About the Author
A former legislator and an award-winning historian, Neil Rolde is the author of Maine in the World: Stories of Some of Those from Here Who Went Away; Continental Liar from the State of Maine: James G. Blaine; Unsettled Past, Unsettled Future: The Story of Maine Indians; The Interrupted Forest: A History of Maine's Wildlands; and many other books. He lives in York, Maine.
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Polar Bear & Company
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches