LALLIER, Adalbert = Manuscript of unpublished Holocaust-themed novel Sin and Retribution.
0.04 metres of textual records.
Scope and Content
Manuscript of novel Sin and Retribution - two versions, approximately 150 and 158 pages each, differing in their ending. Based on the author's experiences testifying at the war crimes trial of Julius Viel, the novel was written between 2002 and 2011. It had not been published at the time of donatio…
Manuscript of novel Sin and Retribution - two versions, approximately 150 and 158 pages each, differing in their ending. Based on the author's experiences testifying at the war crimes trial of Julius Viel, the novel was written between 2002 and 2011. It had not been published at the time of donation.
History / Biographical
Of French Huguenot origin, Adalbert Lallier was born in 1925 in Hungary. He was forcibly drafted into the German army during World War II at the age of 17, along with his brother, who perished in the course of the war. While Lallier was a 19-year-old Waffen SS officer-in-training with the detail overseeing the work party in Leitmeritz, Czechoslovakia, he witnessed his immediate superior, an SS lieutenant, Julius Viel, randomly shoot seven Jews. After WWII, Lallier first worked at the International Refugee Organization in Vienna expediting the processing of East-European refugees, most often Hungarian Jews who had survived the Holocaust. Three years after immigrating to Montreal in 1951, he was admitted to the Honours programme in economics and political science at McGill University, graduating with an Honours B.A. In 1958 he was admitted to Columbia University, New York City, on a two-year graduate fellowship, to study economics and at the Russian Institute, obtaining an M.A. in economics, a Graduate Diploma in International Politics, and qualifying as a Ph.D. candidate. In 1960 he was engaged as a lecturer in economics and politics at Loyola College. He became Dean of Loyola's Evening Division in 1962, creating their evening degree programme. During his long career at what then became Concordia University, he was one of the seven recipients of the John O'Brien Award for Teaching Excellence, and was eventually promoted to full professor. While teaching full-time, he resumed his graduate studies, in France, at the Sorbonne/ParisII, and was awarded a doctorat en sciences économiques, following which he did post-doctoral studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During the early 1970s, he was also Director of Lay Studies at Yeshiva Gedolah Markaz Hatorah, where he accommodated the mostly religious orthodox programme of this institution with Quebec's official policy concerning high-school education. From 1998-2000, Lallier testified four times before the Nazi war crimes court in Germany about what he saw during the Julius Viel incident, being the principal witness in the case against Viel, who was arrested on the strength of Lallier's evidence. In the aftermath of the publicity surrounding the trial, Lallier resigned from the University in 2001 and currently lives on a farm outside Montreal.
The collection was donated by Adalbert Lallier on Aug. 31, 2011
Alpha-numeric designations :P11/13.Restrictions :Open for consultation, but only portions may be reproduced or quoted, with credit to author. Researchers may contact the author to obtain a copy of the full version.General note :Reflects the perceptions of a non-Jew with a particular insider's point of view vis-a-vis the Holocaust and the rise of Neo-Nazism.