A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Question by Henri Alleg. The Question, released for the first time in the U.S. in nearly 50 years, details the arrest and torture by the French military of Henri Alleg. Henri Alleg. The Question. Fritz Allhoff. Terrorism, Ticking Time-Bombs, and Torture: A Philosophical Analysis.: Translated by John Calder.

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Enquiries followed, during which Alleg proved able to accurately describe parts of El-Biar which detainees would not visit in the course of a normal detention, such as the kitchen where he was submitted to water torture. At the time of his arrest by French paratroopers during the Battle of Algiers in June ofHenri Alleg was a French journalist who supported Algerian independence.

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The Questionreleased for the first time in the U. An Act of State. Similarly, Alleg was a journalist, not a combatant or terrorist who posed a direct threat to the French military or the public.

This new release contains the original text and the original preface by Jean-Paul Sartre. The paratroopers first attempted to intimidate him by bringing in Audin, who had already been tortured the day before. A Savage War of Peace: Within months of the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon held a special screening of the film Battle of Algiers, supposedly to show how and why France failed in its struggle against Algerian urban guerilla warfare and terrorism.


The majority of the tortured say nothing because they have nothing to say unless, to avoid torture, they agree to bear false witness or confess quesyion a crime they have not committed. December 16, ISBN: Torture during the Algerian War.

Often, the government fighting the guerrillas resorts to the use of physical torture to acquire critical information about their enemy.

Appalled, the French are discovering this terrible truth: Views Read Edit View history. A History of Europe Since The book is a chronological account of the author’s imprisonment and ordeals in El-Biar and then Lodi camps.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Based on the author’s real-life torture at the hands of the French “paras,” this hehri ultimately began the protests against French colonial rule in Algeria during the Heri War of Independence by revealing the true terror of torture used by the French Army to succeed in the war. This [clearing center] was not only a place of torture for Algerians, but a school of perversion for young Frenchmen.

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Please try again later. With passages like these, Alleg portrays how, whether by mindset or acclimation, those conducting the torture seemed to become immune to it.

It retains its power today. Ratings and Reviews 0 2 star ratings 0 reviews. You submitted the following rating and review. How to write a great review. It is famous for precisely describing the methods of torture used by French paratroopers during qiestion Algerian War from the point of view of a victim.

Anybody, at any time, may equally find himself victim or executioner.


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Le Sueur is an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. A final and personal note: It was a time when the French, desperate to maintain control over Algeria, had allowed its army to use torture in order to obtain information about its main insurgent enemy, the FLN Front Liberation Nationale.

He was there before the massacre at Setif and watched some of it in horror. From a counterinsurgency perspective, it addresses the very large part of the war effort, which is the extraction of information from suspected and confirmed insurgents through interrogation.

Start reading The Question on your Kindle in under a minute. Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks. Sadly, the book may remain all too relevant today. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The descriptions of the torture are striking and horrible and fortunately not too extensivebut an equally strong impression is left by the descriptions of those doing the dirty work.

He writes of a young paratrooper who came into his cell and praised those in the French Resistance who died from torture rather than reveal information.

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