The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation

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In the summer of 1940 the French army was one of the largest and best in the world, confident of victory. In the space of a few nightmarish weeks that all changed as the French and their British allies were crushed and eight million people fled their homes. Richard Vinen's new book describes the consequences of that defeat. It does so not by looking at political leaders in Vichy or Paris or London but rather at those who were caught up in daily horrors of war. It describes the fate of a French prisoner of war who was punished because he wrote a love letter to a German woman, and the fate of a French woman who gave birth to a German-fathered child as the Americans landed in Normandy. It describes the 'false policemen' who proliferated in occupied Paris as desperate men on the run seeking to feed themselves by blackmailing those who were even more vulnerable than themselves. It asks why some gentile French people chose to risk imprisonment by wearing yellow stars. It recounts the fate of a couple of estranged middle-aged Jews, separated by the mobilisation of 1939, who found themselves (in July 1942) on the same train to Auschwitz. Extremely moving and brilliantly readable, The Unfree French is a remarkable addition to the literature of the Second World War.

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`A history of the French people under occupation from their point of view ... immaculately researched, well-written and original' -- Literary Review

`A masterly survey of the years when the French learned to live under the rule of the Nazis'
-- Oldie

`An utterly absorbing, eye-opening account' -- Scotsman

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`Concentrates on people who were neither heroes of the Resistance nor out-and-out collaborators ... and shows how human beings struggle to survive by any method - honourable or shady. Here is the inglorious truth' Daily Mail.

When the Nazis occupied France in 1940, what was everyday life like for the vast majority who were unable to escape - the unfree French?

Drawing on letters, memoirs and archives, this compelling and moving history brings to life the fear and moral nightmares of the occupation - a world emptied of adult males, of chronic shortages and desperate compromises. Richard Vinen portrays events through the eyes of ordinary people: from black marketeers to prostitutes, shopkeepers to policemen, destroying the myths surrounding occupied France and showing the real - usually unheroic - ways in which its citizens survived.

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