The French Who Fought for Hitler: Memories from the Outcasts

The French Who Fought for Hitler: Memories from the Outcasts

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by Philippe Carrard
     
 

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Examines how the Frenchmen who volunteered to fight for the Nazis account in their memoirs for their controversial decisions.See more details below

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Examines how the Frenchmen who volunteered to fight for the Nazis account in their memoirs for their controversial decisions.

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“Philippe Carrard’s The French Who Fought for Hitler offers a sensitive, intelligent, and thorough analysis of an important – and until now taboo – subject: the memoirs and other writings of those misguided Frenchmen who chose to fight for Hitler and Nazism during World War II. In addition to filling a crucial gap in our understanding of the French experience during the war, Carrard’s study serves as a cautionary tale and a grim reminder of the dangers of political idealism and military virtue gone astray.” – Richard Golsan, Texas A&M University

“Based on a close textual and thematic reading of a set of memoirs by former combatants, Philippe Carrard tells the largely ignored, unsettling story of Frenchmen who chose to join the Nazis in World War II and who typically present themselves as unsung heroes of genuine political and ideological commitment. With an insistent desire to tell their stories, often with unrepentant bravado, they legitimate decisions, vindicate a fighting resolve, and conveniently excise knowledge of discomfiting dimensions of the past (notably genocidal policies and actions). The ‘je-ne-regrette-rien’ terms in which they testify may well surprise or scandalize readers. Carrard’s book is a model of its kind and a basic contribution to a critical, rhetorically sensitive study of memory and witnessing that successfully conjoins literary and historical analysis.” – Dominick LaCapra, Cornell University

“This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book on a subject that has never been treated at length before. The project is of real interest and importance, and I admire Philippe Carrard for the courage to undertake it, and to successfully complete it.” – Susan Rubin Suleiman, Harvard University, author of Crises of Memory and the Second World War

"Carrard has written an insightful book on a little-discussed body of memoirs." -Donald Reid, The Journal of Modern History

"...Carrard’s focus on texts that are dubious in provenance and in moral position makes this an important contribution to the literature on memory and to that of war and occupation experience." -Julia S. Torrie, German Studies Review

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ISBN-13:
9781139035927
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/23/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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