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The Return of the Devil

- Abstract

In 2011, the acclaimed fashion designer John Galliano lost his job at Christian Dior. The reason, as Daniel Jonah Goldhagen explains in his latest book, The Devil That Never Dies, was repeated outbursts of anti-Semitism. Galliano flew into rages, once before a group of Italian women whom “he must have imagined were Jewish.” “ ‘I love Hitler,’ ” he yelled, “ ‘People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be f—king gassed and dead.’ ” On another occasion, the gallery director Geraldine Bloch said Galliano had grabbed her hair and shouted: “Dirty Jew face, you should be dead.” He told her: “Shut your mouth, dirty bitch, I can’t stand your dirty whore voice.” Bloch said Galliano had made “thirty anti-Semitic remarks in forty-five minutes.”

About the Author

Michel Gurfinkiel is the founder and president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, a conservative think tank in France, and a Shillman/Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum. He is the author, among other books, of Un Devoir de Mémoire, an essay on education in Holocaust awareness.