Unsentimental Journey

Unsentimental Journey

Albert Drach

A rascal and cynical moralist makes his way successfully through the internment camps of Vichy.

Albert Drach's famous autobiographical novel describes his escape from the Gestapo all the way through the occupied South of France. The circumstances of his survival are hair-raising: he translates the acronym "I.K.G." (Religious Community of the Israelites) on his Viennese Heimatschein as "In katholischem Glauben" (In Catholic Faith) and uses the documents of his Catholic half-sister. Thanks to this incredible chutzpah and a necessary dash of luck, Drach's alter ego, Pierre Coucou, manages to survive as an officially certified non-Jew in a small mountain village near Nice. In his inimitable laconic style and with an irony often directed at himself, Drach describes the atmosphere of the years in exile, driven by fear, subject to bureaucratic arbitrariness and constantly threatened by denunciation. The characters he meets on his journey to the extradition camp of Rives Altes are as unforgettable as the portraits of famous emigrants such as Lion Feuchtwanger, Franz Werfel and Walter Hasenclever, whose suicide Drach witnessed in the camp of Les Milles.

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Unsentimental Journey

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