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Andrea Brazzoduro - Postcolonial Memories of the Algerian War of Independence, 1955–2010: French Veterans and Contemporary France 275
Andrea Brazzoduro Postcolonial Memories of the Algerian War of Independence, 1955–2010: French Veterans and Contemporary France 1 Cette guerre coloniale est originale même dans la pathologie qu’elle sécrète.2 Dans l’Armée, nous avons fait notre devoir, pour rien finalement, mais nous avions trahi l’Algérie française, et depuis, personne ne nous entend, sauf vous.3 Elie was born in Rennes, in Bretagne, on April 1939, no more than a couple of months before the beginning of the Second World War and the Nazi occupation of France. In 1960, aged twenty-one, Elie was called up by his country to serve in the army in Algeria. There, France is conducting some- thing called a ‘public order operation’ (opérations de maintien de l’ordre) against an internal ‘rébellion’ – as it was called at the time – which has, during the previous six years, enf lamed the French départements of Algeria. 1 I would like to thank Peter Lang’s anonymous reviewers for helpful critical sugges- tions. All translations are mine unless otherwise indicated. 2 ‘This colonial war is singular even in the pathology that it gives rise to.’ F. Fanon, Les Damnés de la terre (Paris: Maspero, 1961), 191. 3 ‘In the army we did our duty, in the end for nothing, but we betrayed French Algeria, and since then no one listens to us, except you.’ Jacques (1936, 60–1/A), dentist, 4th section d’infirmiers militaires, second lieutenant. Letter to the author, 17 January 2008. (‘60–1’ gives...
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