The Harkis: The Wound That Never Heals

The Harkis: The Wound That Never Heals

Vincent Crapanzano

In this haunting chronicle of betrayal and abandonment, ostracism and exile, racism and humiliation, Vincent Crapanzano examines the tale of the Harkis, the sector of 1000000 Algerian auxiliary troops who fought for the French in Algeria’s struggle of independence. After tens of millions of Harkis have been massacred by way of different Algerians on the finish of the battle, the survivors fled to France the place they have been positioned in camps, a few for so long as 16 years. Condemned as traitors through different Algerians and scorned by means of the French, the Harkis grew to become a inhabitants aside, and their young children nonetheless be afflicted by their mom and dad’ wounds. Many became activists, lobbying for attractiveness in their mom and dad’ sacrifices, repayment, and an apology.

More than simply a retelling of the Harkis’ grim earlier and troubling current, The Harkis is a resonant mirrored image on how youngsters undergo accountability for the alternatives their mom and dad make, how own identification is formed via the impersonal forces of historical past, and the way violence insinuates itself into each part of human life.

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