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Published on Nov 21, 2008
France Since 1871 (HIST 276)
For decades after the end of World War II the question of French collaboration with the Nazis was obscured. One of the reasons for this was the desire of de Gaulle and others to downplay the central role of communists in resisting the occupation. In fact, many French civilians were involved to greater or lesser degrees in informing upon their fellows or otherwise furthering the interests of the German invaders. Under the Vichy regime, right-wing politics in France developed an ideological program founded upon an appeal to nationalism, the soil, and the rejection of perceived decadence.
00:00 - Chapter 1. The Outbreak of War: French and German Military Capacities 05:32 - Chapter 2. The Fall of France 09:02 - Chapter 3. Collaboration: Vichy France in Power 12:35 - Chapter 4. Gaps in National Memory: Problems in the History of Collaboration 21:16 - Chapter 5. The Collaborator Trials: The Vindication of History 33:20 - Chapter 6. The Character of the Collaborators: Identity and Motives