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Resisting GenocideThe Multiple Forms of Rescue$
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Jacques Semelin, Claire Andrieu, and Sarah Gensburger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333493.001.0001

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Was the UGIF an Obstacle to the Rescue of Jews?

Was the UGIF an Obstacle to the Rescue of Jews?

(p.395) 24 Was the UGIF an Obstacle to the Rescue of Jews?
Resisting Genocide

Michel Laffitte

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of the Union Générale des Israélites de France (UGIF), an organisation founded by order of the Germans in November 1941 to serve as an instrument in the policy of location and persecution, in the rescue of Jews in Vichy France during World War II. It considers UGIF's story within the European dimension of the Shoah and in relation to the institutional, political, cultural, and social history unique to France. It argues that UGIF was used as the legal facade for underground rescue activities. The chapter also analyses the relationships between Jewish leaders and civilians with respect to rescue.

Keywords:   rescue, Union Générale des Israélites de France, Jews, France, World War II, Shoah, social history, Jewish leaders, civilians

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