Assistant Professor(Sr Grade)
Patrick Modiano is a contemporary novelist in France who has often been applauded by critics and by reading public alike immediately after his recognition as a Nobel Laureate in 2014 for his creativity as a writer pursuing the themes: time ,memory ,identity, trauma in his oeuvre .In the work The Search Warrant he revisits the Occupation years using the art of memory to unearth some of the darkest aspects of modern French history .The paper addresses the issue of racial discrimination emanated from the Vichy legislation on racial principles that undermine the ideals the Jews had been enjoying since the French Revolution. Racial discrimination in the form of anti-Semitism has segregated the French society into Jews and non Jews and during the Occupation years Jews have been uprooted from the French soil considering them as outsiders. They are forced to experience atrocities, violence, oppression only because they belong historically to a different race. In the paper my study of racial is informed by the idea of anti-Semitism ,a form of racism.
Keywords: race, Jew, discrimination, atrocity, oppression.