[Marxism] Who killed Maurice Audin? « LRB blog

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 20 06:03:06 MDT 2018

The man on Macron’s conscience is Maurice Audin, a French mathematician 
who disappeared during the Battle of Algiers (1956-57). Audin was born 
in Tunisia, the son of a gendarme; the family moved to Toulouse and then 
emigrated to Algeria. At the time of his disappearance he was 25, 
lecturing at the University of Algiers and winding up his doctoral 
dissertation. He was also a member of the Algerian Communist Party, 
which had been dissolved by the French government two years earlier and 
was now working in secret alongside the Front National de Libération. 
Audin was arrested in June 1957 in a raid on his flat in Algiers. In 
April it had been used by two party members as a makeshift doctor’s 
surgery: one of them was a senior figure in hiding who had fallen ill; 
the other was a lung specialist, Dr Georges Hadjadj. Audin was taken 
away; his wife, Josette, and their children were held under guard in the 


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