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Author Carrard, Philippe.

Title The French who fought for Hitler : memories from the outcasts / Philippe Carrard
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2010]
©2010
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 260 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction. Backgrounds; From the LVF to the Charlemagne; Itineraries; The historians' take -- Authenticity; Verifications and guarantees; The Sajer case; Internet debates; Authorships -- Veracity; The French in Berlin; Possibly too much; As good in bed as on the battlefield; Possibly too little -- Textualization; Total recall; Perspectives -- Frameworks; The demonization of the enemy; Frenchness; The lens of culture -- Bearing witness; Enlisting; Fighting to the end; Testifying -- From the outcasts' point of view; Vanquished; Estranged; Unrepentant -- Conclusion
Summary "Thousands of Frenchmen volunteered to provide military help to the Nazis during World War II, fighting in such places as Belorussia, Galicia, Pomerania, and Berlin. Utilizing these soldiers' memoirs, The French who fought for Hitler examines how these volunteers describe their exploits on the battlefield, their relations to civilian populations in occupied territories, and their sexual prowess. It also discusses how the volunteers account for their controversial decisions to enlist, to fight to the end, and finally to testify. Coining the concepts of "outcast memory" and "unlikeable vanquished," Philippe Carrard characterizes the type of bitter, unrepentant memory at work in the volunteers' recollections and situates it on the map of France's collective memory. In the process, he contributes to the ongoing conversation about memory, asking whether all testimonies are fit to be given and preserved, and how we should deal with life narratives that uphold positions now viewed as unacceptable"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-249) and index
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Subject Légion des volontaires français contre le bolchevisme -- Biography.
Waffen-SS. Französische SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade -- Biography.
Waffen-SS. Waffen-Grenadier-Division "Charlemagne," 33. -- Biography.
Collective memory -- France.
Outcasts -- France -- Biography.
Soldiers -- France -- Biography.
Soldiers -- Germany -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, French.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Germany.
Genre/Form Biography.
Personal narratives
Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511762607 (electronic bk.)
1139042157 (electronic bk.)
9780511762604 (electronic bk.)
9781139042154 (electronic bk.)