Vichy archives opened

Discussion in 'France' started by Owen, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35188755


    France opens archives of WW2 pro-Nazi Vichy regime

    France is opening up police and ministerial archives from the Vichy regime which collaborated with Nazi occupation forces in World War Two.
    More than 200,000 declassified documents are being made public on Monday. They date from the 1940-1944 regime of Marshal Philippe Petain.
     
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  2. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    That should be very interesting along with the intelligence on those who served in the Vichy regime police upper circles and evaded justice until the 1990s.....no evidence as I see it that they were hauled in front of the Haute Cour de Justice apart from Rene Bousquet who surprisingly was given 5 years national degradation in 1949 and even that was suspended.

    As related in the BBC news item,Vichy went beyond the expectations of Hitler's representatives in France in the deportment of Jews....the French police were the conduit for this collaboration......still a running sore for France which Petain could not evade responsibility for in an attempt to take France to the table of the New European order.

    May be we will see an English version of the archives.
     
  3. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hmmm...I wonder if there is anything there about use by the Vichy regime of abandoned BEF equipment...?
     
  4. KJ Jr.

    KJ Jr. Member

    This will be quite interesting
     
  5. Warlord

    Warlord Veteran wannabe

    Do we have a mole there? :ph34r:

    Would be fascinating to lay me hands (eyes) on information regarding Indochina during WW2, from Decoux to the D'Alessandri column, and points in-between.
     
  6. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    The Vichy policy of attempting to prevent the British to take Syria should be there as should Petain's representation to the Germans after the sacking and murder of Oradour sur Glane's population.

    Indo China...there should be some account of the "accommodation" that Vichy reached to its occupation by the Japanese.
     

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