L'Oreal Took My Home: The Secrets of a Theft

Peter Bush (Author) Monica Waitzfelder (Author)

Product Details

Arcadia Books
Publish Date
February 11, 2006
5.75 X 1.0 X 8.75 inches | 0.86 pounds
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About the Author

Monica Waitzfelder, born Monica Rosenfelder in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1953, has lived in Paris since 1984. She has directed opera at the Paris National Opera, the Theatre du Chatelet, and at other French and international venues. Serge Klarsfeld is one of the foremost historians on the fate of the Jews in France during the Second World War. He has published a dozen books on the subject and has been active in bringing Nazi and Vichy officials to trial for the crimes they committed.


"Monica Waitzfelder tells a powerful story, and asks the perfectly obvious question--why won't L'Oreal recognise what they did before and during the war, and compensate her mother for their house in Karlsruhe?" --Rabbi Julia Neuberger
"A story both gripping and horrifying, the more so because the reader cannot help admire the persistence and diligence with which the author pursued her quest, and, under the circumstances, the restrained and dignified way in which she tells the story." --Hugo Vickers, author, "The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor" and "The Kiss"
"A shocking book. The cosmetics group L'Oreal ("Because you're worth it") sells beauty but, behind its massive campaign to arrest women's ageing process, there are accusations of an ugly story of theft, denial and profiteering. But Waitzfelder's fight isn't over: she is taking the claim to the European Court of Human Rights. In the meantime, I have thrown all my L'Oreal products into the dustbin'." --Julia Pascal, "Independent"