Hitler's African Victims: The German Army Massacres of Black French Soldiers in 1940

Hitler's African Victims: The German Army Massacres of Black French Soldiers in 1940

by Raffael Scheck
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521857996

ISBN-13: 9780521857994

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

During its campaign against France in 1940, the German army massacred several thousand black POWs belonging to units drafted in France's West African colonies. Documenting these war crimes on the basis of extensive research in French and German archives, Raffael Scheck advances a nuanced interpretation of the motivation for the massacres. Reviving traditional images…  See more details below

Overview

During its campaign against France in 1940, the German army massacred several thousand black POWs belonging to units drafted in France's West African colonies. Documenting these war crimes on the basis of extensive research in French and German archives, Raffael Scheck advances a nuanced interpretation of the motivation for the massacres. Reviving traditional images of black soldiers as mutilating savages, a massive Nazi Propaganda offensive approved by Hitler, created their rationale. The treatment of black French POWs remained, however, suprisingly inconsistent, with abuses often triggered by certain combat situations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521857994
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

1. The fate of black French soldiers in 1940; 2. The origin and evolution of the prejudice; 3. Ideological and situational factors; 4. Implications.

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