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Petain's Crime : The Complete Story of French Collaboration in the Holocaust - Paul Webster

Petain's Crime

The Complete Story of French Collaboration in the Holocaust

Paperback Published: 18th October 1999
ISBN: 9781566632492
Number Of Pages: 248

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The crime of Marshal Philippe Petain, hero of World War I and "national savior" after the fall of France in 1940, was to preside over France's enthusiastic and autonomous contribution to the extermination of European Jews. As head of state of the "free" Vichy government after the Nazi occupation, Petain directed the French collaboration in the Holocaust. These facts of France's complicity have long been covered by secrecy and censorship, and Petain has been seen as a benign and humane leader. Mr. Webster sets the record straight, detailing concentration camps in France set up even before the war began; systematic persecution of Jews under a purely French government; the leading role of French police in mass roundups ordered by Petain. The Marshal was personally involved from the first anti-Semitic legislation of July 1940 up to the deportation of the last trainload of French Jews to the death camps in August 1944. As Mr. Webster shows, ideological anti-Semitism had been part of the French political and philosophical tradition for many years before the fall of France. This disturbing book, a controversial best-seller in Paris, reveals that Petain's government represented the appalling culmination of a century of persecution.

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This shocking book runs deeper than any previously known...Webster exposes the French complicity in the Holocaust...Controversial.--Publishers Weekly

Acknowledgementsp. ix
La Douce Francep. 1
The Origins of Hatep. 11
A Republic Diesp. 24
Petain's Armisticep. 34
Work, Family, Fatherlandp. 45
We, Philippe Petainp. 52
Le Statut des Juifsp. 60
Collaborationp. 70
The Arrestsp. 80
The Ill Windp. 88
No Hiding Placep. 94
Preparing La Grande Raflep. 104
La Grande Raflep. 115
The Church Protestsp. 120
Saving the Childrenp. 132
Resistancep. 143
The Resistance Betrayedp. 149
Barbie Arrivesp. 158
The Italian Examplep. 165
The Children of Izieup. 174
The French Gas Chamberp. 181
Le Dernier Wagonp. 189
Retributionp. 198
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9781566632492
ISBN-10: 1566632498
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 18th October 1999
Publisher: IVAN R DEE INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.34  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.4