Sarah Maza


On her book Violette Nozière: A Story of Murder in 1930s Paris

Cover Interview of July 17, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“What 1930s were like for ordinary Parisians.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Men and women wrote to the judge to give their opinion of Violette, her parents, and especially her explosive charge of incest.  Several of the most extraordinary letters came from women who were themselves victims of paternal incest.  They begged the judge to believe Violette, and in doing so told the stories of their own lives.”

On the second:

“I believe that the power of this case came from the fact that despite judicial resolution it was never really settled in people’s minds.”