Tag Archives: Vichy France

Neither Resisters Nor Collaborators: Returning French STO Workers in 1945

Certain aspects of World War II remain taboo subjects in France, even among people who were not around at the time. For those of us whose country has not been occupied for hundreds of years, it’s difficult to imagine how … Continue reading

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8th May 1945: End of a War

Today marks the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. The annual ceremony in our village is always a moving event, attended by local dignitaries and representatives of the nearby military camp, the site of resistance activity during … Continue reading

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Sheltering Jews in SW France During World War II

  Today, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Soviet troops. The unspeakable horror of these places has been described in memoirs and contemporary film footage. But very few survivors remain and it is … Continue reading

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