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Living with the enemy : German occupation, collaboration, and justice in the Western Pyrenees, 1940-1948 / Sandra Ott.

Publication | Not Digitized | Library Call Number: D802.F8 O88 2017

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    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 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.
    Variant Title
    German occupation, collaboration, and justice in the Western Pyrenees, 1940-1948
    Format
    Book
    Author/Creator
    Ott, Sandra, author.
    Published
    Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2017
    ©2017
    Locale
    France
    Pyrénées-Atlantiques
    Pyrenäen
    Contents
    Machine generated contents note: pt. I The Context
    1. Pyrenean Borderlands: Setting and Cultures
    2. Tumultuous Times: World War, the Spanish Civil War, and German Occupation
    3. Total Occupation, Collaborationism, and Organized Resistance
    4. The Process of Liberation and the Purge
    5. The Judiciary and the Court of Justice
    pt. II The Narratives and the Trials
    6. Harsh Justice: An Ill-Fated Black Market Bicycle Vendor
    7. A German Massacre: Consequences for a Teenaged Informer
    8. Dangerous Cohabitation: A Pro-German Basque Farmer, a Duplicitous Passeur, an STO Evader, and a German Interpreter
    9. Opportunistic Accommodation: An Exiled Spanish Republican, a Basque Shopkeeper, and a German Interpreter
    10. Ambiguities: A Town Hall Secretary, a Vichy Police Commissioner, and a Nazi Officer
    11. Opportunism in a Franco-German Friendship: A Bearnais Shopkeeper and a Nazi Officer
    12. Duplicitous Accommodation: A Basque Double Agent and a Nazi Officer
    13. Collaborationism: A Teenaged Volunteer in the Waffen-SS
    14. Sex, Vengeance, and Duplicity: The Strange Case of Dr. Verite
    pt. III Conclusions
    Conclusions.
    Notes
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 336-348) and index.
    Machine generated contents note: pt. I The Context -- 1. Pyrenean Borderlands: Setting and Cultures -- 2. Tumultuous Times: World War, the Spanish Civil War, and German Occupation -- 3. Total Occupation, Collaborationism, and Organized Resistance -- 4. The Process of Liberation and the Purge -- 5. The Judiciary and the Court of Justice -- pt. II The Narratives and the Trials -- 6. Harsh Justice: An Ill-Fated Black Market Bicycle Vendor -- 7. A German Massacre: Consequences for a Teenaged Informer -- 8. Dangerous Cohabitation: A Pro-German Basque Farmer, a Duplicitous Passeur, an STO Evader, and a German Interpreter -- 9. Opportunistic Accommodation: An Exiled Spanish Republican, a Basque Shopkeeper, and a German Interpreter -- 10. Ambiguities: A Town Hall Secretary, a Vichy Police Commissioner, and a Nazi Officer -- 11. Opportunism in a Franco-German Friendship: A Bearnais Shopkeeper and a Nazi Officer -- 12. Duplicitous Accommodation: A Basque Double Agent and a Nazi Officer -- 13. Collaborationism: A Teenaged Volunteer in the Waffen-SS -- 14. Sex, Vengeance, and Duplicity: The Strange Case of Dr. Verite -- pt. III Conclusions -- Conclusions.

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    Language
    English
    ISBN
    9781316630877
    1316630870
    9781107178205
    1107178207
    Physical Description
    xviii, 362 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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