8 mai 1945

The 8th of May, 1945

Tragedy in North Africa

Photographs: Abed Abidat

With Jean-Louis Planche

Series: Mémoire des Hommes

Photographic report, contemporary memory

144 pages

Dimensions: 26 x 26 cm (10,2 x 10,2 inches)

ISBN: 978-2-9529228-2-1


Prix : 30 €

The 8th of May, 1945. To celebrate the victory of the Allies over the Nazis, a peaceful public demonstration was organized by the Algerian with the agreement of the colonial authorities in the town of Sétif, then in Guelma, in the east of Algeria. It took a tragic turn. The murderous attack launched by the French army and the colonial militia against the revolt of the Algerian Nationalists escalated quickly, and lasted several weeks. Amongst the Europeans there were a hundred dead people and as many injured one. The number of native casualties is still debated today. Historians speak of between 18 000 and 45 000 victims...