Prison Journal, 1940-1945

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Daladier was the French Prime Minister who signed the Munich Agreement in 1938, led his country to war against Hitler's Germany a year later, and was arrested and imprisoned by the Vichy regime for the duration of the war. He wrote about daily life and conditions in the French and German prisons, what he gleaned from newspapers about the resistance, visits of friends and family, his hidden radio receiver, and other aspects of captivity. His concern above all was for France, though he expressed surprising sympathy for the devastation in Germany by the war's end. His journal was not published until 1991, and is here translated into English for the first time. Indexed and annotated. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Daladier was the hapless French premier who signed the infamous nonagression pact with Hitler in Munich in 1938 and was then obliged to declare war on him a year later. For his pains, he was arrested by the Vichy regime and imprisoned in France and Germany for the rest of the war. Throughout his captivity, the articulate politician kept a diary in which he brooded over his downfall, as he followed the progress of the fighting and speculated endlessly about the ins and outs of French governmental affairs. This diary, recently discovered by his family and published here for the first time, makes for fascinating reading both on the personal and the historical level. Daladier fully expected to be executed, but even so he could never repress his fascination with matters of government. As a result, he crafted a fine account of his imprisonment as well as an impressive document of the complexity and subtlety of French internal affairs.?Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Edwards AFB
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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