Collaboration And Resistance: Images Of Life In Vichy France 1940-1944
Collaboration and Resistance: Images of Life in Vichy France 1940-1944
Through hundreds of documents and photographs, this book offers a view of life in France during the German occupation of World War II. Material includes posters, newspapers and leaflets from the Vichy administration, as well as commentary from noted French Historians.
Despite a recent upsurge of revisionist works that detail the extent of French collaboration with the Nazis under the Vichy regime, the myth of a proud, defiant French people struggling to resist tyranny still has compelling power within France. Thus, this collection of photographs and the accompanying commentaries by eight prominent French historians is bound to reopen old wounds and shatter comfortable illusions on both sides of the left-right schism. The photographs, many of them previously unseen, hit with stunning impact. The casual, often comfortable relations between the French and their occupiers is unsettling, and the images of the quick resort to brutality by both the collaborationists and the resistance are shocking to view. The essays, each treating a specific aspect of life under the regime, are generally objective and they avoid sweeping generalizations about either side. This is a brilliant, powerful, and...