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Author Seibel, Wolfgang, 1953- author.

Title Persecution and rescue : the politics of the "Final Solution" in France, 1940-1944 / Wolfgang Seibel ; translated by Ciaran Cronin.

Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2016]

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Uniform title Macht und Moral. English
Physical description 1 online resource (xx, 417 pages .)
Series Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Notes Translated from the German.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Power, Power Sharing, and Mass Crimes -- Part I: Power-Sharing Occupation Administration and Persecution of the Jews -- German Occupation and the Persecution of the Jews in Western Europe, 1940-1944 -- The German Occupation Administration in France after the Armistice of 22 June 1940 -- The French Government and Administration and the "Collaboration" -- Establishing a Machinery of Persecution -- Part II: The SS as Political Actor -- The SS in the Power Struggle with the Wehrmacht Administration, 1941-1942 -- Sectoral Balance of Power and State Collaboration in the Persecution of the Jews : the Oberg-Bousquet Agreement of August 1942 -- Part III: Erosion of Power and the Emergence of Resistance -- The Protest of the Christian Churches and the Suspension of Eichmann's Deportation Plan -- Another Attempt : the Project of a Denaturalization Law -- Italy's Stance and Its Repercussions for the Persecution Measures against the Jews in France -- Part IV: Strategic Occupation Policy and the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" -- Safeguarding the Collaboration at the Expense of the "Final Solution" -- The Failure of the Denaturalization Law -- "Wild" Persecution of Jews -- Conclusion: Negotiated Mass Crime and the Power of Morality -- Short Biographies of the Key Actors.
Summary In 1942, two years after invading France, the Germans implemented their policy of exterminating the Jews. In contrast to Jews in many parts of German-occupied Europe, however, the majority of Jews in France survived, thanks to opposition to the Nazi extermination policy from Church dignitaries and the moral indignation of the average Frenchmen. Seeking to maintain popular support, the Vichy Regime bargained with the Germans over the substance and extent of its collaboration, which the Germans needed in order to hold France. Drawing on German and French sources, Wolfgang Seibel traces the twisted process of political decision-making that shaped the fate of the Jews in German-occupied France during World War II. By analyzing the German-French negotiations, he reveals the underlying logic as well as the actual course of the bargaining process as both the Vichy Regime and the Germans sought a stable relationship. Yet that relationship was continually reshaped by the progress of the war, Germany's deteriorating prospects, France's economic and geopolitical position, and the Vichy government's quest for domestic political support. The Jews' suffering intensified when the Germans had the upper hand; but when the French felt empowered, the Vichy Regime stopped collaborating in the completion of the "final solution." This book demonstrates the ways in which political circumstances can mitigate-or foster-mass crime.
Language notes Translated from the German.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Jews -- Persecutions -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- France.
France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945.
France -- Politics and government -- 1940-1945.
Electronic books.
History.
ISBN 9780472121625
0472121626
9780472118601
0472118609