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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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Assistance to Jews and to Allied Soldiers and Airmen in France

Assistance to Jews and to Allied Soldiers and Airmen in France


(p.51) 3 Assistance to Jews and to Allied Soldiers and Airmen in France
Resisting Genocide

Claire Andrieu

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the help extended to Jews and Allied soldiers and airmen parachuting into France during World War II, together with the social recognition that was bestowed upon them. It highlights the question of risk taken by those who provided assistance and examines whether recognition was greater for, and whether it came earlier to, people who placed their own lives in danger. It also considers the help given to Jews and help given to Allied airmen as integral parts of civilian resistance. Finally, the chapter examines the repressive action taken by the Vichy government against the helpers of Jews and Allied soldiers.

Keywords:   help, Jews, soldiers, airmen, France, World War II, social recognition, risk, civilian resistance, Vichy government

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