Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Unfree French - post III

As this book moves on to cover what it was like for those sent to work in Germany as 'volunteers' it shows how polarised things were around the question of prisoners.

Those that spent in some cases four years in captivity were initially made out to be heroes while those that stayed at home faced being dragged off to Germany to work for their work effort or being hounded out by locals and family that were ashamed of their attempts to stay at home.

But as with most things in life if you were well off and had connections then usually you avoided being dragged off to germany and were supported through the war.

With presumably the resistance as the last major area for this book to cover you already have a picture of a country divided not just between German occupied and Vichy rules zones but a country divided along class lines.

The final parts of the story are to come...

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