Petain's Crime: The Full Story of French Collaboration

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Petain's Crime investigates the role of Marechal Philippe Petain in the persecution and mass murder of Jews under the Vichy government. It remains the definitive account of this 'hero' and 'national saviour', whose complicity was long hidden in secrecy and shame. Since the first publication of Petain's Crime in 1990, there has been a radical change of attitude within the French government towards Vichy activities. This shift was brought about in part by Paul Webster's discoveries. Webster has now updated Petain's Crime to cover this historic development, including trials of war criminals and the national denunciation of Vichy that followed the death of President Francois Mitterrand, who had opposed official condemnation. 'An illuminating and dramatic account.' Independent on Sunday 'Lucidly and dispassionately, it tells an astounding story.' Evening Standard 'Paul Webster's account cuts through like a guillotine' Mail on Sunday

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Paul Webster is the Paris correspondent of the Guardian. He is a regular contributor to BBC and RTE radio news programmes. His previous books include Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Life and Death of the Little Prince. He lives in Paris.

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A controversial bestseller in France, this shocking book by the London Guardian 's Paris correspondent charges that French complicity in the Holocaust ran far deeper than previously known. Webster traces the history of French anti-Semitism to its climax in 1940, when Marshal Philippe Petain, head of the collaborationist Vichy government, signed into law a statute declaring French Jews enemies of the state. Petain then launched a program of arrest and deportation that resulted in the deaths of 72,000 French, foreign and stateless Jews in the extermination camps of the East. Purportedly, four thousand others were killed in a gas chamber on French soil. The book presents evidence indicating that the program was conceived, organized and carried out independently of the Germans. In addition to providing details on what he calls "the most shameful period in French history," Webster exposes the postwar coverup based on the false impression that Vichy resisted German demands to assist in the "final solution." Photos.
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