The Jews of the Republic: A Political History of State Jews in France from Gambetta to Vichy

Pierre Birnbaum


In their glory days during the Renaissance, the king’s fools occupied a privileged place at court: dressed in sumptuous garments comparable in every detail to those of the kingdom’s great, in scarlet cloaks and ermine-lined capes, their magnificence was in keeping with the power they seemed to command, symbolized by the bauble they brandished, the…

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