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Nazis depended on the willingness of the French police, industrialists and managers to carry out their bidding

Posted in Uncategorized by ce399 on 22/05/2011

The case illustrates the continued sensitivity here about the German occupation, in which Hitler imposed his will on the French nation from 1940 to 1944, turning the country into an appendage of the Nazi war machine. The Germans depended in large measure on the willingness of the French police, industrialists and managers to carry out their bidding.

On a more fundamental basis, millions of people faced regular choices about whether or how far to compromise with the occupiers to survive. That makes black-and-white assessments of many actions difficult.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/business/global/20renault.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

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