The Camp of the Slow Death - Jean-Jacques Bernard
Jean-Jacques Bernard is the son of he famous man of letters Tristan Bernard. Himself a playwright, he was arrested during the police roundup of December 12, 1941, which affected 743 eminent French Jewish citizens. Jean-Jacques Bernard was interned in the German camp of Compiègne-Royallieu.
Having faced the harsh winter of 1941 when the cold and hunger had killed several of his co-detainees, Jean-Jacques Bernard was himself at death’s door when he was liberated in March 1942. He immediately set about writing his eyewitness account. Published in late 1944, his book made a lively impact, as can be seen in the newspaper articles and letters added here as an annex. The Camp of the Slow Death was the first account of this type to be published in France.