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    translation of a French volume.(BLAIR HOIDS BOOK..CAMERA ZOOMS IN)
    "The Question" was written by Henri Alleg,?

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    Background: translation of a French volume.(BLAIR HOIDS BOOK..CAMERA ZOOMS IN)
    "The Question" was written by Henri Alleg, an admitted French communist, and publisher of the newspaper, Alger Republican, until the Army in Algiers suppressed it in 1955. The paper, a communist daily, was openly pro-rebel."The Question" is a shocking book...one that you'll be able to read quickly because it is short and compelling...while the words are few, they are powerful. You will shudder at the depravity of the hardened paratroopers as they torture Henri Alleg in an attempt to get information from him.

    Yes, Alleg is a communist, and certainly French soldiers who have seen their buddies maimed and killed by the Algerian rebels have a personal stake in ending the rebellion quickly. Henri Alleg does not present the Communist nor the Algerian nationalist arguments for independence in this book. In "The Question" which is banned in France Alleg devotes himself exclusively to the stark descriptions of one months imprisonment at the Center de Tri, a clearing center for prisoners. As we said, the book does not add weight to the nationalist political arguments. But it does detract from the surface glamour of those business like paratroopers. Alleg was tortured by electric shocks...by near drowning when his mouth was placed under an open faucet..by fire when paratroopers singed his hair, his chest, his feet. And by thirst, when Massu's men gave Alleg no liquid for several days and then forced salt water down his throat. At one point, Alleg tells of sending his captors into riotous laughter when..after a long session of the brutal third degree..they sent him to a coil where he collapsed in exhaustion on a mattress stuffed with barbed wire. One paratroop officer told him: You wont wage war with choir boys." Some Frenchmen have protested these tortures. The underground sale of the book in France---200 thousand copies to date--is partial proof of that. And a signed protest to President Coty, included in the book, bears the names of four noted writers. One of them is Andree Malraux, who last week was named as premier De Gaulle's minister of information. (UP BOOK CAM ZOOMS IN.)
    True, "The Question" is a tract by a communist. But nevertheless its also a tract on an odious, brutal page in history of General Jacques Massua paratroopers. And one wonders whether the time-worn phrase--Alls Fair in Love and War, hasnt been stretched to the breaking point by the French Tenth Paratroop Division. Whose motto is "To be and to be Hard."

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