The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation by Richard Vinen

The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation by Richard Vinen

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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. This book describes the consequences of that defeat.

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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 and why a, very gaullist, Parisian girl was excited by the hostility of respectable French people when she pinned a German imperial eagle to her dress. 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.

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SKU GOR002265140
Title The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation
Author By (author) Richard Vinen
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 496
ISBN 10 0713994967
ISBN 13 9780713994964
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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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 and why a, very gaullist, Parisian girl was excited by the hostility of respectable French people when she pinned a German imperial eagle to her dress. 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.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR002265140
Title The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation
Author By (author) Richard Vinen
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Year Published 2006
Number of Pages 496
ISBN 10 0713994967
ISBN 13 9780713994964
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No