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The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-44

Jacques Semelin


Between the French defeat in 1940 and liberation in 1944, the Nazis killed almost 80,000 of France's Jews, both French and foreign. Since that time, this tragedy has been well-documented. But there are other stories hidden within it--ones neglected by historians. In fact, 75% of France’s Jews escaped the extermination, while 45% of the Jews of Belgium perished, and in the Netherlands only 20% survived. The Nazis were determined to destroy the Jews across Europe, and the Vichy regime collaborated in their deportation from France. So what is the meaning of this French exception? Jacques Semelin ... More

Keywords: Holocaust, Vichy, France, Jews, World War Two, Anti-Semitism, Survival and rescue, Obedience/disobedience, Civil resistance, Social reactivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190939298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacques Semelin, author
Sciences Po, CERI, CNRS, Paris