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The Last of the Just is a post-war novel by André Schwarz-Bart published in 1960. It was Schwarz-Bart's first book and won the Prix de Goncourt, France's highest literary prize.[1] The author was the son of a Polish Jewish family murdered by the Nazis and he based the story on a Hebrew legend.[2]

The story covers 36 men of the Levy family over eight centuries who "bear the world's pains... beginning with the execution of an ancestor in 12th-century York, England... culminat[ing] in the story of a schoolboy, Ernie, the last... executed at Auschwitz."[3] It has been described as an enduring classic that reminds "how easily torn is the precious fabric of civilization, and how destructive are the consequences of dumb hatred-whether a society's henchmen are permitted to beat an Ernie Levy because he's Jewish, or because he's black or gay or Hispanic or homeless," but criticized for showing gender chauvinism.[4]

References

  1. ^ [1] January 22, 1961 St. Petersburg Times
  2. ^ R.Z. Sheppard Books: Out of Africa February 05, 1973 Time
  3. ^ William Stevenson FIVE BEST Secret Agent Espionage is a secretive business, but these classics are the best spy stories ever told. Saturday, December 9, 2006 Wall Street Journal
  4. ^ MICHAEL DORRIS Trust Me On This Remembering a Book of Remembering September 15, 1991 page 2 Book Review Los Angeles Times

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