Skip to main content

Sachs, Maurice


SACHS, MAURICE (originally Jean-Maurice Ettinghausen ; 1906–1945?), French author, critic, and translator. Born in Paris, Sachs was abandoned by his parents and fell prey to alcoholism, homosexuality, and kleptomania. Vainly trying to free himself from moral depravity, he became a Catholic and entered a seminary, but left it and went to the U.S., where he married a Protestant minister's daughter. Returning to France, he became a Nazi collaborator and black marketeer. He is believed to have died in a prison fight in Hamburg toward the end of World War ii. Sachs' literary talent revealed itself in novels, essays, and a number of picaresque stories.

These include La Décade de l'Illusion (1950), published first in English as The Decade of Illusion (1933); André Gide (1936); and Au temps du Boeuf sur le Toit (1939). Le Sabbat (TheDay of Wrath, 1953), written in 1939 and published in 1946, is the brutal confession of a lost soul, a brilliantly written, penetrating analysis of bohemian life in Paris. Most of Sachs' works are autobiographical. Those published posthumously include La Chasse à courre (1948), Chronique joyeuse et scandaleuse (1948), Tableau des moeurs de ce temps (1951), Abracadabra (1952), and Le Voile de Véronique (1958).


P. Monceau, Le Dernier Sabbat de M. Sachs (1950); Catane, in: Ma'ariv (Dec. 2, 1960).

[Moshe Catane]

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Sachs, Maurice." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . 26 May. 2019 <>.

"Sachs, Maurice." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . (May 26, 2019).

"Sachs, Maurice." Encyclopaedia Judaica. . Retrieved May 26, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.