The Holocaust, the French, and the Jews by Susan Zuccotti

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Many recent books and movies have documented the collaboration of the French authorities with anti-Jewish German policies, yet more than three-quarters of France's Jews survived. How is this remarkable feat explained? Giving the full account of the French response to the Holocaust, this book examines the popular response, both Jewish and non-Jewish, to the Nazi persecution. It shows that it was precisely the French indifference to the Jews' plight that enabled so many to disappear into the countryside and survive. Correcting the historical record, the author argues, however, that the French reaction to the Holocaust, when judged by the awful standards of the rest of the world, may not have been quite as reprehensible as it has been portrayed. Susan Zuccotti won the National Jewish Book Award for "Italians and the Holocaust".
 

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Susan Zuccotti teaches modern European history at Barnard College and Columbia University. She is the author of "The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival" (Nebraska 1996), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1987.
 
Published July 1, 1993 by Basic Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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In policies that affected both French and foreign Jews, the Nazis--with official French assistance--rounded up thousands in the occupied zone: Zuccotti emphasizes the terrifying roundup in Paris on July 16, 1942, which began the systematic deportation and destruction of Jews in France.

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Moreover, she maintains that her primary source, the 11-volume Actes et documents du Saint Si ge relatifs la seconde guerre mondiale, a collection selectively put together after the war by the handpicked representatives of the Vatican, is ""more than adequate"" to determine what the Vatican ""a...

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Despite the French Vichy regime's complicity in the roundup and deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps, roughly three-fourths of France's Jews, an estimated 250,000 people, survived.

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