Henri Alleg was the editor of the Alger Républicain from 1950 to 1955. This paper, the only daily in Algeria which printed all aspects of Algerian democratic and national opinion, was banned in September, 1955. In November, 1956, Alleg was forced into hiding in order to escape internment. On June 12, 1957, he was arrested by paratroops of the 10th Division Parachutists who kept him at El-Biar, in the suburbs of Algiers, for a whole month.
This book is an account of his detention. It ends when Alleg is transferred to the internment camp at Lodi, one of a number of such camps. It was at Lodi that he drew up a plea protesting the tortures he had undergone. It was smuggled into France . . .
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