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Author Ott, Sandra, author

Title Living with the enemy : German occupation, collaboration and justice in the western Pyrenees, 1940-1948 / Sandra Ott
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (394 pages)
Contents Part I: The Context -- Part II: The Narratives and the Trials -- Part III: Conclusions
Summary In post-liberation France, the French courts judged the cases of more than one hundred thousand people accused of aiding and abetting the enemy during the Second World War. In this fascinating book, Sandra Ott uncovers the hidden history of collaboration in the Pyrenean borderlands of the Basques and the Bearnais in southwestern France through nine stories of human folly, uncertainty, ambiguity, ambivalence, desire, vengeance, duplicity, greed, self-interest, opportunism and betrayal. Covering both the occupation and liberation periods, she reveals how the book's characters became involved with the occupiers for a variety of reasons, ranging from a desire to settle scores and to gain access to power, money and material rewards, to love, friendship, fear and desperation. These wartime lives and subsequent postwar reckonings provide us with a new lens through which to understand human behavior under the difficult conditions of occupation, and the subsequent search for retribution and justice
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 336-348) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Collaborationists -- France -- Pyrénées-Atlantiques
World War, 1939-1945 -- Basques.
France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945.
France -- Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781316823439