Harkis, Abandoned Soldiers
“I would like to honor you, harkis, but this book will do so better than I. This is your voice, modest, grave and dignified.
We in France, our France, abandoned and betrayed you.
You say it with such simple words. You remain loyal to France. As survivors, you remain hopeful and that softens the black stain on our tricolor flag.
We owe you thanks.”
50 years after the Franco-Algerian War, Harkis, Abandoned Soldiers tells the accounts of six harkis (Algerians who fought for the French during the war) and four “men of honor” who write their own personal history into that of history as a whole.