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The Survival of the Jews in France


Jacques Semelin Natasha Lehrer Cynthia Schoch



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
02 January 2019
Between the French defeat in 1940 and liberation in 1944, the Nazis killed almost 80,000 of France's Jews, both French and foreign. Since that time, this tragedy has been well-documented. But there are other stories hidden within it - ones neglected by historians.

In fact, 75% of France's Jews escaped the extermination, while 45% of the Jews of Belgium perished, and in the Netherlands only 20% survived.

The Nazis were determined to destroy the Jews across Europe, and the Vichy regime collaborated in their deportation from France. So what is the meaning of this French exception?

Jacques Semelin sheds light on this 'French enigma', painting a radically unfamiliar view of occupied France. His is a rich, even-handed portrait of a complex and changing society, one where helping and informing on one's neighbours went hand in hand; and where small gestures of solidarity sat comfortably with anti-Semitism.

Without shying away from the horror of the Holocaust's crimes, this seminal work adds a fresh perspective to our history of the Second World War.
By:   Jacques Semelin
Translated by:   Natasha Lehrer, Cynthia Schoch
Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781787380141
ISBN 10:   1787380149
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   02 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jacques Semelin is CNRS Research Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at CERI Sciences Po, Paris, focussing on the Holocaust and mass violence, as well as civil resistance and rescue. He is the author of the classic 'Unarmed Against Hitler: Civilian Resistance in Europe, 1939- 1945', and 'Purify and Destroy: The Political Uses of Massacre and Genocide'.

Reviews for The Survival of the Jews in France: 1940-44

'may well prove to be a landmark in the historiography of the subject . . . well-researched and cogently argued' -- Times Literary Supplement

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