Elie Poulard,Jean V. Poulard's A French Slave in Nazi Germany: A Testimony PDF

By Elie Poulard,Jean V. Poulard

ISBN-10: 0268100772

ISBN-13: 9780268100773

the mandatory paintings provider legislations, or carrier du Travail Obligatoire, used to be handed in 1943 through the Vichy executive of France below German profession. Passage of the legislations proven the French government’s prepared collaboration in offering the Nazi regime with French manpower to switch German staff despatched to struggle within the warfare. the outcome was once the deportation of 600,000 younger Frenchmen to Germany, the place they labored less than the most harsh stipulations. Elie Poulard used to be one of many Frenchmen pressured into exertions by means of the Vichy govt. Translated via his brother Jean V. Poulard, Elie’s memoir vividly captures the lives of a principally unrecognized crew of people that suffered lower than the Nazis. He describes in nice aspect his ordeal at various paintings websites within the Ruhr quarter, the horrors that he witnessed, and the few Germans who have been solid to him. via this account of 1 eyewitness at the flooring, we achieve a vibrant photograph of Allied bombing within the western a part of Germany and its contribution to the sluggish cave in and capitulation of Germany on the finish of the conflict. all through his ordeal, Elie's Catholic religion, solid humor, and perseverance sustained him. Little has been released in French or English concerning the use of overseas staff by way of the Nazi regime and their destiny. The Poulards’ e-book makes a huge contribution to the historiography of global conflict II, with its firsthand account of what international employees continued once they have been despatched to Nazi Germany. The memoir concludes with an evidence of the continued controversy in France over the competition to the name Déporté du Travail, which those that skilled this compelled deportation, like Elie, gave themselves after the war.

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