Diary of the Dark Years 1940 1944

Diary of the Dark Years  1940 1944

Diary of the Dark Years is a sharply observed record of day-to-day life in occupied Paris, but far more: it is "a remarkable essay on courage and cowardice" (Wall Street Journal), expressing both shame at French collaboration with the Nazis ...

Author: Jean Guéhenno

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190495847

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Page: 336

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Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for Nonfiction Jean Guéhenno's Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1945 is the most oft-quoted piece of testimony on life in occupied France. A sharply observed record of day-to-day life under Nazi rule in Paris and a bitter commentary on literary life in those years, it has also been called "a remarkable essay on courage and cowardice" (Caroline Moorehead, Wall Street Journal). Here, David Ball provides not only the first English-translation of this important historical document, but also the first ever annotated, corrected edition. Guéhenno was a well-known political and cultural critic, left-wing but not communist, and uncompromisingly anti-fascist. Unlike most French writers during the Occupation, he refused to pen a word for a publishing industry under Nazi control. He expressed his intellectual, moral, and emotional resistance in this diary: his shame at the Vichy government's collaboration with Nazi Germany, his contempt for its falsely patriotic reactionary ideology, his outrage at its anti-Semitism and its vilification of the Republic it had abolished, his horror at its increasingly savage repression and his disgust with his fellow intellectuals who kept on blithely writing about art and culture as if the Occupation did not exist - not to mention those who praised their new masters in prose and poetry. Also a teacher of French literature, he constantly observed the young people he taught, sometimes saddened by their conformism but always passionately trying to inspire them with the values of the French cultural tradition he loved. Guéhenno's diary often includes his own reflections on the great texts he is teaching, instilling them with special meaning in the context of the Occupation. Complete with meticulous notes and a biographical index, Ball's edition of Guéhenno's epic diary offers readers a deeper understanding not only of the diarist's cultural allusions, but also of the dramatic, historic events through which he lived.
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Diary of the Dark Years 1940 1944

Diary of the Dark Years  1940 1944

—(November 30, 1940) Thus Diary ofthe Dark Years becomes, with its varied expressions of resistance, a series of public gestures in a private space.

Author: Jean Guéhenno

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199970919

Category: History

Page: 368

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Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize for Nonfiction Jean Guéhenno's Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1945 is the most oft-quoted piece of testimony on life in occupied France. A sharply observed record of day-to-day life under Nazi rule in Paris and a bitter commentary on literary life in those years, it has also been called "a remarkable essay on courage and cowardice" (Caroline Moorehead, Wall Street Journal). Here, David Ball provides not only the first English-translation of this important historical document, but also the first ever annotated, corrected edition. Guéhenno was a well-known political and cultural critic, left-wing but not communist, and uncompromisingly anti-fascist. Unlike most French writers during the Occupation, he refused to pen a word for a publishing industry under Nazi control. He expressed his intellectual, moral, and emotional resistance in this diary: his shame at the Vichy government's collaboration with Nazi Germany, his contempt for its falsely patriotic reactionary ideology, his outrage at its anti-Semitism and its vilification of the Republic it had abolished, his horror at its increasingly savage repression and his disgust with his fellow intellectuals who kept on blithely writing about art and culture as if the Occupation did not exist - not to mention those who praised their new masters in prose and poetry. Also a teacher of French literature, he constantly observed the young people he taught, sometimes saddened by their conformism but always passionately trying to inspire them with the values of the French cultural tradition he loved. Guéhenno's diary often includes his own reflections on the great texts he is teaching, instilling them with special meaning in the context of the Occupation. Complete with meticulous notes and a biographical index, Ball's edition of Guéhenno's epic diary offers readers a deeper understanding not only of the diarist's cultural allusions, but also of the dramatic, historic events through which he lived.
Categories: History

France The Dark Years 1940 1944

France  The Dark Years  1940 1944

aired his resentments in his diary of the period. Nonetheless Nicolle was a Vichy insider—his diary is a precious source of Vichy gossip—and one should not ...

Author: Julian Jackson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191622885

Category: History

Page: 688

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The French call them 'the Dark Years'... This definitive new history of Occupied France explores the myths and realities of four of the most divisive years in French history. Taking in ordinary people's experiences of defeat, collaboration, resistance, and liberation, it uncovers the conflicting memories of occupation which ensure that even today France continues to debate the legacy of the Vichy years.
Categories: History

Deposition 1940 1944

Deposition 1940 1944

5 Jean Guéhenno, Diary of the Dark Years, 19401944: Collaboration, Resistance, and Daily Life in Occupied Paris, trans. David Ball (New York: Oxford ...

Author: Léon Werth

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190499556

Category: History

Page: 352

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Historians agree: the diary of Léon Werth (1878-1955) is one of the most precious--and readable--pieces of testimony ever written about life in France under Nazi occupation and the Vichy regime. Werth was a free-spirited and unclassifiable writer. He is the author of eleven novels, art and dance criticism, acerbic political reporting, and memorable personal essays. He was Jewish, and left Paris in June 1940 to hide out in his wife's country house in Saint-Amour, a small village in the Jura Mountains. His short memoir 33 Days recounts his struggle to get there. Deposition tells of daily life in the village, on nearby farms and towns, and finally back in Paris, where he draws the portrait of a Resistance network in his apartment and writes an eyewitness report of the insurrection that freed the city in August, 1944. From Saint-Amour, we see both the Resistance in the countryside, derailing troop trains, punishing notorious collaborators--and growing repression: arrests, torture, deportation, and executions. Above all, we see how Vichy and the Occupation affect the lives of farmers and villagers and how their often contradictory attitudes evolve from 1940-1944. Werth's ear for dialogue and novelist's gift for creating characters animate the diary: in the markets and in town, we meet real French peasants and shopkeepers, railroad men and the patronne of the café at the station, schoolteachers and gendarmes. They come off the page alive, and the countryside and villages come alive with them. With biting irony, Werth records, almost daily, what Vichy-German propaganda was saying on the radio and in the press. We follow the progress of the war as people did then, day by day. These entries make interesting, often amusing reading, a stark contrast with his gripping entries on the persecution and deportation of the Jews. Deposition is a varied and complex piece of living history, and a pleasure to read.
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Les Parisiennes

Les Parisiennes

How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s Anne Sebba ... 2001 Guéhenno, Jean, Diary of the Dark Years, 19401944: Collaboration, ...

Author: Anne Sebba

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780297870999

Category: History

Page: 480

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WINNER OF THE FRANCO-BRITISH SOCIETY BOOK PRIZE 2016 June, 1940. German troops enter Paris and hoist the swastika over the Arc de Triomphe. The dark days of Occupation begin. How would you have survived? By collaborating with the Nazis, or risking the lives of you and your loved ones to resist? The women of Paris faced this dilemma every day - whether choosing between rations and the black market, or travelling on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority for a seat. Between the extremes of defiance and collusion was a vast moral grey area which all Parisiennes had to navigate in order to survive. Anne Sebba has sought out and interviewed scores of women, and brings us their unforgettable testimonies. Her fascinating cast includes both native Parisiennes and temporary residents: American women and Nazi wives; spies, mothers, mistresses, artists, fashion designers and aristocrats. The result is an enthralling account of life during the Second World War and in the years of recovery and recrimination that followed the Liberation of Paris in 1944. It is a story of fear, deprivation and secrets - and, as ever in the French capital, glamour and determination.
Categories: History

The Fall of France

The Fall of France

' 'There is none,' replied Gamelin.This exciting book by Julian Jackson, a leading historian of twentieth-century France, charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the greatest bastions of the ...

Author: Julian Jackson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192805509

Category: History

Page: 274

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On 16 May 1940 an emergency meeting of the French High Command was called at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris. The German army had broken through the French lines on the River Meuse at Sedan and elsewhere, only five days after launching their attack. Churchill, who had been telephoned by Prime Minister Reynaud the previous evening to be told that the French were beaten, rushed to Paris to meet the French leaders. The mood in the meeting was one of panic and despair; there was talk ofevacuating Paris. Churchill asked Gamelin, the French Commander in Chief, 'Where is the strategic reserve?' 'There is none,' replied Gamelin.This exciting book by Julian Jackson, a leading historian of twentieth-century France, charts the breathtakingly rapid events that led to the defeat and surrender of one of the greatest bastions of the Western Allies, and thus to a dramatic new phase of the Second World War. The search for scapegoats for the most humiliating military disaster in French history began almost at once: were miscalculations by military leaders to blame, or was this an indictment of an entire nation?Using eyewitness accounts, memoirs, and diaries, Julian Jackson recreates, in gripping detail, the intense atmosphere and dramatic events of these six weeks in 1940, unravelling the historical evidence to produce a fresh answer to the perennial question of whether the fall of France was inevitable.
Categories: History

Britain s War

Britain s War

Brooke diary, 5 November 1944, p. 617. A. Danchev, 'Very Special ... J. Jackson, France: The Dark Years, 19401944 (Oxford, 2001), pp. 544–67. 18.

Author: Daniel Todman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241250006

Category: History

Page: 976

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The second volume in Daniel Todman's acclaimed history of Britain's experience of the Second World War 'A stunning achievement' Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'I cannot recommend this history highly enough' Keith Lowe, Literary Review Part Two of Daniel Todman's epic history of the Second World War opens with one of the greatest disasters in British military history - the fall of Singapore in February 1942. Unlike the aftermath of Dunkirk, there was no redeeming narrative available here - Britain had been defeated by a far smaller Japanese force in her grandly proclaimed, invincible Asian 'fortress'. The unique skill of Daniel Todman's history lies in its never losing sight of the inter-connectedness of the British experience. The agony of Singapore, for example, is seen through the eyes of its inhabitants, of its defenders, of Churchill's Cabinet and of ordinary people at home. Each stage of the war, from the nadir of early 1942 to the great series of victories in 1944-5 and on to Indian independence, is described both as it was understood at the time and in the light of the very latest historical research. Britain's War is a triumph of narrative, empathy and research, as gripping in its handling of individual witnesses to the war - those doomed to struggle with bombing, rationing, exhausting work and above all the absence of millions of family members - as of the gigantic military, social, technological and economic forces that swept the conflict along. It is the definitive account of a drama which reshaped our country.
Categories: History

Mussolini Warlord

Mussolini Warlord

The Ciano Diaries, 26 December 1941. 108. PP, Diario, 21 December 1941. 109. ... Jackson, France the Dark Years 1940-1944, p. 183; Robert O. Paxton, ...

Author: James Burgwyn

Publisher: Enigma Books

ISBN: 9781936274307

Category: History

Page: 456

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The first study of Mussolini as war leader. Focus is the disastrous performance of the Italian army and its consequences.
Categories: History

When Paris Went Dark

When Paris Went Dark

WHEN PARIS WENT DARK evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness.

Author: Ronald C. Rosbottom

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 0316217433

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 375

The spellbinding and revealing chronicle of Nazi-occupied Paris On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians keenly adapted themselves to the situation-even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, deportations, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose. Parisians of all stripes---Jews, immigrants, adolescents, communists, rightists, cultural icons such as Colette, de Beauvoir, Camus, and Sartre, as well as police officers, teachers, students, and store owners---rallied around a little-known French military officer, Charles de Gaulle. WHEN PARIS WENT DARK evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources---memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers and posters, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies---Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.
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Case Red

Case Red

Alan Brooke, War Diaries 1939–1945 (London: Phoenix Press, 2002), p. ... Julian Jackson, France: The Dark Years, 19401944 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ...

Author: Robert Forczyk

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472824448

Category: History

Page: 400

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Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then conducting a tough defence along the Somme, the British were forced to conduct a second evacuation from the ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest and St Nazaire. While France was in its death throes, politicians and soldiers debated what to do – flee to England or North Africa, or seek an armistice. Case Red captures the drama of the final three weeks of military operations in France in June 1940, and explains the great impact it had on the course of relations between Britain and France during the remainder of the war. It also addresses the military, political and human drama of France's collapse in June 1940, and how the windfall of captured military equipment, fuel and industrial resources enhanced the Third Reich's ability to attack its next foe – the Soviet Union.
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Paris 44

Paris  44

The Dark Years. 19401944. OUP. 2001. Page 319. 96 Pryce-Jones. Page 184. 97 Guitry. Pages 185–192. 98 Girard, Christian. Journal de Guerre.

Author: William Mortimer-Moore

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612003436

Category: History

Page: 486

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During the fall of 1944, once the Western Allies had gained military advantage over the Nazis, the crown jewel of Allied strategy became the liberation of Paris—the capital of France so long held in captivity. This event, however, was steeped in more complexity when the Allies returned than in 1940 when Hitler’s legions first marched in. In 1944 the city was beset by cross-currents about who was to reclaim it. Was it to be the French Resistance, largely ephemeral throughout the war and largely Communist? Or was it to be the long-suffering Parisians themselves, many of them meantime collaborators? Or the Anglo-American armies which had indeed won the victory? Then there were the Free French forces led by Charles de Gaulle, and his second, General Leclerc, who now led a full (albeit American-supplied) armored division? The Germans, too, still retained a hand, with the option to either destroy the city, per Hitler’s wishes, or honorably cede it. This book punctures the myth parlayed by Is Paris Burning? and other works that describe the city's liberation as mostly the result of the insurrection by the Resistance in the capital. In fact, de Gaulle gave Leclerc his orders for the liberation of the city as early as December 1943, and the General’s great march down the Champs Élysées the day after the liberation was the culmination of a carefully laid plan to re-establish the French state. Amidst the swirling streams of self-interest and intrigue that beset the capital on the eve of its liberation, this book makes clear that Leclerc and his 2nd Armoured Division were the real heroes of the liberation and that marching on their capital city was their raison d'etre. At issue was the reconstitution of France itself, after its dark night of the soul under the Germans, and despite the demands of the Anglo-Americans and France’s own insurrectionists. That a great power was restored is now manifest, with this book explaining how it was ensured.
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Torch

Torch

France: The Dark Years 19401944. ... Story of the Chief of Staff to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman Based on His Notes and Diaries Made at the Time.

Author: Vincent O'Hara

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781612519227

Category: History

Page: 368

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"World War II had many superlatives, but none like Operation Torch—a series of simultaneous amphibious landings, audacious commando and paratroop assaults, and the Atlantic’s biggest naval battle, fought across a two thousand mile span of coastline in French North Africa. The risk was enormous, the scale breathtaking, the preparations rushed, the training inadequate, and the ramifications profound. Torch was the first combined Allied offensive and key to how the Second World War unfolded politically and militarily. Nonetheless, historians have treated the subject lightly, perhaps because of its many ambiguities. As a surprise invasion of a neutral nation, it recalled German attacks against countries like Belgium, Norway, and Yugoslavia. The operation’s rationale was to aid Russia but did not do this. It was supposed to get Americans troops into the fight against Germany but did so only because it failed to achieve its short-term military goals. There is still debate whether Torch advanced the fight against the Axis, or was a wasteful dispersion of Allied strength and actually prolonged the war. Torch: North Africa and the Allied Path to Victory is a fresh look at this complex and controversial operation. The book covers the fierce Anglo-American dispute about the operation and charts how it fits into the evolution of amphibious warfare. It recounts the story of the fighting, focusing on the five landings—Port Lyautey, Fédala, and Safi in Morocco, and Oran and Algiers in Algeria—and includes air and ground actions from the initial assault to the repulse of Allied forces on the outskirts of Tunis. Torch also considers the operation’s context within the larger war and it incorporates the French perspective better than any English-language work on the subject. It shows how Torch brought France, as a power, back into the Allied camp; how it forced the English and the Americans to work together as true coalitions partners and forge a coherent amphibious doctrine. These skills were then applied to subsequent operations in the Mediterranean, in the English Channel, and in the Pacific. The story of how this was accomplished is the story of how the Allies brought their power to bear on the enemy’s continental base and won the Second World War."
Categories: History

For Their Own Good

 For Their Own Good

“German 'Atrocities' and Franco-German Opinion, 1914: The Evidence of German Soldiers' Diaries. ... France: The Dark Years, 19401944.

Author: Julia S. Torrie

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845458164

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 213

The early twentieth-century advent of aerial bombing made successful evacuations essential to any war effort, but ordinary people resented them deeply. Based on extensive archival research in Germany and France, this is the first broad, comparative study of civilian evacuations in Germany and France during World War II. The evidence uncovered exposes the complexities of an assumed monolithic and all-powerful Nazi state by showing that citizens' objections to evacuations, which were rooted in family concerns, forced changes in policy. Drawing attention to the interaction between the Germans and French throughout World War II, this book shows how policies in each country were shaped by events in the other. A truly cross-national comparison in a field dominated by accounts of one country or the other, this book provides a unique historical context for addressing current concerns about the impact of air raids and military occupations on civilians.
Categories: History

The Cambridge History of the Second World War Volume 3 Total War Economy Society and Culture

The Cambridge History of the Second World War  Volume 3  Total War  Economy  Society and Culture

17 Julian Jackson, France: The Dark Years, 19401944 (Oxford University Press, ... 19 Pierre Laval, The Diary of Pierre Laval (New York: Charles Scribner, ...

Author: Michael Geyer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316298800

Category: History

Page:

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The conflict that ended in 1945 is often described as a 'total war', unprecedented in both scale and character. Volume 3 of The Cambridge History of the Second World War adopts a transnational approach to offer a comprehensive and global analysis of the war as an economic, social and cultural event. Across twenty-eight chapters and four key parts, the volume addresses complex themes such as the political economy of industrial war, the social practices of war, the moral economy of war and peace and the repercussions of catastrophic destruction. A team of nearly thirty leading historians together show how entire nations mobilized their economies and populations in the face of unimaginable violence, and how they dealt with the subsequent losses that followed. The volume concludes by considering the lasting impact of the conflict and the memory of war across different cultures of commemoration.
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Films and Filming

Films and Filming

... its height during the dark years 1940-43 , and from 1944 private emotions are taking ... Words for Battle , Fires Were Started and A Diary for Timothy .

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Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000121872026

Category: Motion pictures

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Categories: Motion pictures

Western Europe 2018 2019

Western Europe 2018 2019

Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris. ... France: The Dark Years, 19401944.

Author: Wayne C. Thompson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781475841565

Category: Education

Page: 460

View: 324

The World Today Series: Western Europe is an annually updated presentation of each sovereign country in Western Europe, past and present.
Categories: Education

The War Diary of Breckinridge Long

The War Diary of Breckinridge Long

Selections from the Years 1939-1944 Breckinridge Long Fred L. Israel. relations — for they would simply augment their staffs in South America to work ...

Author: Breckinridge Long

Publisher: Lincoln, U. of Nebraska P

ISBN: UOM:39015001576746

Category: United States

Page: 410

View: 639

Categories: United States

Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature

The years from 1923 to his death in 1944 are affectionately described in A Man ... A sympathetic and well - informed narrative of the dark years 1940-45 ...

Author: Historical Association (Great Britain)

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015072421384

Category: History

Page:

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Categories: History

The Normandy Diary of Marie Louise Osmont 1940 1944

The Normandy Diary of Marie Louise Osmont   1940 1944

... succulent roasts , such as we haven't known for so many years . ... But it's almost dark and I can't look for Bernice's , and then I'm a little bit ...

Author: Marie-Louise Osmont

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: UOM:39015032187141

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 118

View: 539

The diary of a French woman provides a perceptive, firsthand view of life in occupied France, capturing the horrors, hardships, and banality of World War II against the backdrop of everyday rural life. TV tie-in. 15,000 first printing. First serial, Destination Discovery.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography