Crimes of War

Neil Rolde

This novel is based on the actual massacre by the SS of a small town in France during World War II, called Oradour-sur-Glane. Some of the perpetrators were French citizens – Alsatians drafted into the SS. They were put on trial in 1953 for taking part – under duress, it was claimed – in the horrendous killings and destruction of that peaceful village.

Upon the order of President Charles de Gaulle, the town was kept as the Nazis had left it and is a national monument.

In the novel, Professor Eugène Desfosseux, a historian and self-taught ventriloquist, conjures amid the ruins figures from deep into his past and records the interviews and interrogations in a tale that epitomizes what this or any other war crime might encompass – including his own daily life of pleasures, romance and memories inflamed to a vengeance that would destroy his life’s work.

To read an article in Maine Insights interviewing Neil Rolde about the book please go HERE

About the Author

Please visit Neil’s website HERE. And his facebook pageHERE

A former legislator and an award-winning historian, Neil Rolde is the author of Maine in the World: Stories of Some of Those from Here Who Went Away; Continental Liar from the State of Maine: James G. Blaine; Unsettled Past, Unsettled Future: The Story of Maine Indians; The Interrupted Forest: A History of Maine’s Wildlands; and many other books. He lives in York, Maine.


Paperback: 312 pages


Language: English

ISBN-10: 1882190408

ISBN-13: 978-1882190409

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches

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