One of France’s most celebrated novelists published caricatures mocking the Holocaust and texts denying the Holocaust 30 years ago.
Yann Moix, whose first novel won a prestigious Goncourt Prize in 1996, apologised for his actions and suspended the promotion of his latest novel, “Orleans,” over the discovery.
The weekly L’Express published an expose detailing Moix’s contributions in 1989-90 to a self-published periodical he called Ushoahia — a mashup of the Hebrew word for Holocaust and the name of a French television travel program.
Moix drew one caricature of a man wearing a striped prisoner uniform while holding up a can emblazoned with the words “Coca-Crema,” short for crematorium. He wrote: “You can beat the Jew!” and drew Stars of David around the caricature.
Another drawing featured similar caricatures performing like a rock band outside a Nazi-like camp encircled with barbed wire.
“Everybody knows the camps never existed,” a caption alongside that caricature read.
During a talk show appearance Moix apologised to Jews and “anyone who considers themselves more human than animal” for “the shocking, degrading drawings.” He added, “I wouldn’t shake the hand that drew them.” He has since stopped speaking to the media about the affair.