The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 383 pages
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Many recent books have documented the collaboration of the French authorities with the anti-Jewish German policies of World War II. Yet about 76 percent of France?s Jews survived?more than in almost any other country in Western Europe. How do we explain this phenomenon? Certainly not by looking at official French policy, for the Vichy government began preparing racial laws even before the German occupiers had decreed such laws. To provide a full answer to the question of how so many French Jews survived, Susan Zuccotti examines the response of the French people to the Holocaust. Drawing on memoirs, government documents, and personal interviews with survivors, she tells the stories of ordinary and extraordinary French men and women. Zuccotti argues that the French reaction to the Holocaust was not as reprehensible as it has been portrayed.

 

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THE HOLOCAUST, THE FRENCH, AND THE JEWS

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In a vividly narrated reexamination of the historical record, Zuccotti (History/Barnard; Italians and the Holocaust, 1987) tells the horrifying story of the fate of French Jews at the hands of the ... Read full review

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Zuccotti ( The Italians and the Holocaust , LJ 2/15/87) has written another fine, highly readable Holocaust study. While 250,000 (or 76 percent) of France's Jews survived the war, they survived ... Read full review

Contents

Jews in France before the War
7
War Begins 19391940
31
Racial Laws 19401941
51
Internment Camps in the Unoccupied Zone
65
Roundups and Deportations
81
The July Roundup Paris 1942
103
Expulsions from the Unoccupied Zone
118
Attitudes toward the Jews 1942
138
Arrests of Foreign Jews
157
No Holds Barred JanuaryDecember 1943
172
The Final Abandonment 1944
190
Jewish Rescue Organizations
210
Survival and NonJewish Rescuers
227
Crossing Frontiers
247
Jews in the Armed Resistance
260
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About the author (1999)

Susan Zuccotti teaches modern European history at Barnard College and Columbia University. She is the author of The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival (Nebraska 1996), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1987.

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