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After the FallGerman Policy in Occupied France, 1940-1944$
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Thomas J. Laub

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539321.001.0001

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Rivals and Scavengers

Rivals and Scavengers

(p.49) 2 Rivals and Scavengers
After the Fall

Thomas J. Laub

Oxford University Press

‘Rivals and scavengers' introduces Herman Göring, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Ribbentrop, Alfred Rosenberg, and their respective bureaucratic satrapies. All four Nazi paladins tried to carve out positions in occupied France with mixed results. Although vested with formidable economic and diplomatic responsibilities, Hermann Göring preferred to augment his own art collection with works confiscated from French Jews and exercised an erratic influence on French affairs. Without little enthusiasm for diplomacy after the start of World War II, Hitler refused to countenance serious negotiations with the Vichy regime and forced the German foreign office to play a secondary role in the Occupation. By highlighting the danger of an alleged Jewish menace, first Rosenberg and later Himmler accrued considerable authority and established independent positions in occupied France.

Keywords:   Hermann Göring, Office of the Four Year Plan, Joachim Ribbentrop, Franco‐German relations, Otto Abetz, Heinrich Himmler, SS, Alfred Rosenberg, Einsatzstab Rosenberg, Jews

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