Uncertain Hour: The French, the Germans, the Jews, and the City of Lyon, 1940-1945

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The author was a boy living in Lyon during World War II. He returned there to cover the trial of Klaus Barbie. In this book he writes about his family's wartime experience, the fall of France, the Vichy government, the birth of the resistance movement, and the persecution of the Jews and their deportation to the death camps.
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Overview

The author was a boy living in Lyon during World War II. He returned there to cover the trial of Klaus Barbie. In this book he writes about his family's wartime experience, the fall of France, the Vichy government, the birth of the resistance movement, and the persecution of the Jews and their deportation to the death camps.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two themes dominate this wide-ranging look at the 1940 German invasion and subsequent occupation of France: that nation's vulnerability, and the deportation of French Jews to Nazi concentration camps. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Morgan also explores the attempts of the Vichy government to work out a compromise with the German authorities; recounts the destruction of the maquis stronghold at Vercor; and describes the activities of Klaus Barbie during and after the war. Chief SS officer in Lyon, France, he was extradited from Bolivia in 1983, tried in Lyon in '87 for crimes against humanity and is presently serving a 20-year sentence in France. Morgan's account of Barbie's role in the deportation program is detailed, and shows how the Germans, in their attempt to eradicate Jewry, adopted a corporate model complete with production goals, a system by which human tragedy was converted to logistical tasks. The book is based on depositions and documents collected for the Barbie trial. Morgan (ne Sanche de Gramont), who was living in France in 1940, includes material on the fate of his relatives during the Occupation. Illustrated. (Jan.)
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This latest book on Klaus Barbie, the Nazi SS chief in wartime Lyon, is by the French-American journalist who covered Barbie's 1987 trial for the New York Times Magazine . Morgan provides a sweeping chronicle of France's defeat in 1940, the Vichy regime, the Resistance, the treatment of Jews in wartime France, and Barbie's own behavior in Lyon. Morgan had access to the secret documents prepared for the Barbie trial. But he prefers to take a general approach rather than to carefully analyze Barbie's wartime activities. Better coverage of Barbie and the controversies surrounding his trial can be found in Erna Paris's Unhealed Wounds: France and the Klaus Barbie Affair ( LJ 7/86). Morgan's account is filled with anecdotes, some of them from his own family. They make the book readable for general audiences, who followed the trial both in and out of France.-- Frank L. Wilson, Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688107413
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Pages: 384

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