Basing his extensive research into hitherto unexploited archival documentation on both sides of the Rhine, Allan Mitchell has uncovered the inner workings of the German military regime from the Wehrmacht's triumphal entry into Paris in June 1940 to its ignominious withdrawal in August 1944. Although mindful of the French experience and the fundamental issue of collaboration, the author concentrates on the complex problems of occupying a foreign territory after a surprisingly swift conquest. By exploring in detail such topics as the regulation of public comportment, economic policy, forced labor, culture and propaganda, police activity, persecution and deportation of Jews, assassinations, executions, and torture, this study supersedes earlier attempts to investigate the German domination and exploitation of wartime France. In doing so, these findings provide an invaluable complement to the work of scholars who have viewed those dark years exclusively or mainly from the French perspective.
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"Outstanding Title! This succinct, tightly organized, and meticulously researched---in both German and French archival sources---monograph presents a thematic treatment of the German side of the occupation that includes such issues as the economy, the maintenance of order, culture and propaganda, and the Jewish question... This splendid volume, a worthy continuation of Mitchell's 40 years' work in Franco-German history, will have great utility for all levels of readership. A must for all collections. Summing Up Essential. All levels/libraries." - Choice
..".an essential book. It provides precise facts and figures for many issues that have heretofore been presented in impressionistic terms." - The International History Review
Preface List of Tables Introduction PART I: TAKING OVER (JUNE 1940 - JUNE 1941) Chapter 1. Law and Order Chapter 2. Rules and Regulations Chapter 3. Economy and Armament Chapter 4. Culture and Propaganda Chapter 5. Germans and Jews PART II: CRACKING DOWN (JUNE 1941 - NOVEMBER 1942) Chapter 6. The Hostage Crisis Chapter 7. A Dangerous Place Chapter 8. Strict Controls and Stringent Quotas Chapter 9. A Lost Battle Chapter 10. Eichmann in Paris PHOTOS PART III: HOLDING ON (NOVEMBER 1942 - JUNE 1944) Chapter 11. A Turn of Fortune Chapter 12. A Police State Chapter 13. A Deep Contradiction Chapter 14. A Waning Hope Chapter 15. A Wretched Conclusion PART IV: PULLING OUT (JUNE - AUGUST 1944) Chapter 16. The Twilight Weeks Epilogue: The Long Handshake Appendix: Classified French Police Files at the Archives Nationales in Paris List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Name Index Subject Index