About This Project

This website presents my undergraduate thesis research conducted in the Fall 2016 term at the University of Mary Washington under Dr. P. Blakemore.


Focused on the first few years of the German occupation of France during World War II, a clear argument was made to display that France collaborated with their occupiers. The progression of anti-Semitic legislation before the German occupation through the 1942 turning point in which France became a puppet state to their occupiers, as well as firsthand accounts of life in the Occupied and Unoccupied Zones have clarified the motives of politicians, the opinions of the French people, and the atrocities that occurred at the hands of the Vichy government. These factors, which have been elaborated on through a scholarly debate of collaboration versus accommodation saw a steadily increasing amount of secondary material after the 1990s when President Jacques Chirac confessed to France having some role in the death of their own people.

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