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The Purge

Lottman, Herbert R.

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ISBN 10: 0688049400 / ISBN 13: 9780688049409
Published by Morrow, New York, 1986
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25 cm, 332, notes, index, front DJ flap price clipped, slight wear and soiling to DJ, slight weakness to rear board. The purification of French collaborators after World War II. Bookseller Inventory # 26724

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Title: The Purge

Publisher: Morrow, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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Describes the violent vengeance of the French Resistance upon the French collaborators and intelligentsia--those who wrote books and plays supporting Germany--after the Allied forces liberated France of German rule

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Lottman, an American who lives in France (and is PW's international correspondent) has in his past three books, including this one, been creating a major work of French history: examining the state of the country just before, during, and immediately after World War II. This is tricky ground for a French historian, and Lottman's objectivity, patient research and plain lack of axes to grind, suit him ideally to the task. The present book, following The Left Bank and Petain, deals with the trials and punishment of French collaborators with both the Nazis and the Vichy regime, in the wake of the 1944 Liberation. Legends have grown up about lynch law, hasty and unjust executions, thousands of lives ruined as vengeful Resistance fighters and returning Free French turned on those who had been too friendly to the occupying forces. The reality, as Lottman shows in painstaking detail, was that organized justice was surprisingly swift in returning to France, that French jailings and executions were fewer, comparatively, than in some neighboring countries, and that eventual amnesties as wartime tempers cooled brought many of those condemned to indignite nationale back into French life. The Purge is a thorough, careful historical record rather than an easy, dramatic read; but it was clearly a difficult task that has been accomplished with great care. Photos not seen by PW.
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