By Raffael Scheck
This ebook discusses the adventure of approximately 100,000 French colonial prisoners of struggle captured through Nazi Germany in the course of global battle II. Raffael Scheck indicates that the German therapy of French colonial squaddies more desirable dramatically after preliminary abuses, best the French professionals in 1945 to think that there has been a potential German plot to instigate a uprising within the French empire. Scheck illustrates that the colonial prisoners' contradictory studies with French gurus, French civilians, and German guards created powerful calls for for equivalent rights on the finish of the warfare, resulting in clashes with a colonial management desirous to reintegrate them right into a discriminatory regimen.
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Mabon’s book is a study of the captivity of French colonial prisoners from the perspective of French (ofﬁcial and private) treatment and these soldiers’ memories. It does this well, especially when dealing with relations between prisoners and civilians. But Mabon’s treatment of other aspects of the captivity of colonial soldiers is more tentative. 58 Armelle Mabon, Prisonniers de guerre “indigènes”. Visages oubliés de la France occupée (Paris: La Découverte, 2010). Introduction 21 sources The French administrative ofﬁces concerned with POWs have left a vast amount of materials, which were recently transferred from the Paris site of the Archives nationales to Pierreﬁtte-sur-Seine (series F9).
I immediately recognized the Hitlerites. With extended legs, armed with machine pistols, they are already at work and do what they learn upon birth: to kill. The wounded are ﬁnished off on the ﬁeld, receiving a strong kick with the leg as an extra. 2 Ouédraogo then had to run across a ﬁeld of corpses; from time to time, a German soldier randomly killed one of the running prisoners, and another 1 2 Scheck, Hitler’s African Victims, 103 and 105. “Composition française,” by Édouard Ouédarogo, in SHD, 5 H 16, p.
39 Durand covers a broad range of topics, from Pétainist propaganda in the camps to the food rations in work commandos. All of his examples, however, concern white prisoners in Germany. 40 Sarah Fishman’s book We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War, 1940–1945 (1991) deals with the social consequences of the prolonged absence of a large number of men in mainland (hexagonal) France. The book 38 39 40 Raffael Scheck, “The Prisoner of War Question and the Beginnings of Collaboration: The FrancoGerman Agreement of 16 November 1940,” Journal of Contemporary History 45, no.