Fleeing Hitler France 1940

ISBN-10: 0199532591
ISBN-13: 9780199532599
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

As Hitler's victorious armies approached Paris, panic gripped the city and the roads heading south filled with millions of French citizens, fleeing for their lives, with scant supplies and often no destination in mind. All hoped, as famed author Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her diary, "not to be taken like a rat in Occupied Paris." In Fleeing Hitler, historian Hanna Diamond paints a gripping picture of the harrowing escape from Paris, highlighting the hardships people suffered in their desperate flight, and underscoring the impact this exodus had on life under Vichy rule. Using eyewitness accounts, memoirs, and diaries, Diamond shows how this ordeal became for civilians and soldiers alike the defining experience of the war. She tells how, in the Paris region alone, close to four million people left their homes and fled south, swelling the numbers of refugees until is was impossible to direct the flow of humanity. The result was total chaos with an enormous price to pay in terms of human misery and suffering. Many lost their lives as this vast caravan of predominantly women, children, and the elderly faced truly harsh conditions, and even starvation. Then, after the German offer of peace, as the traumatized population returned home, preoccupied by the desire for safety and bewildered by the unexpected turn of events, they put their faith in Marshall Petain who was able to establish his collaborative Vichy regime largely unopposed, while the Germans consolidated their occupation. The first time this important story has been told in English, Fleeing Hitler captures in moving detail the devastating flight and early days of occupation after the fall of France. "An invaluable account of the fall of France, seen through the lens of the sufferings of its citizens." --Financial Times "Superbly conveys the strange unreality of those hot summer days of 1940." --Julian Jackson, Times Higher EducationSupplement "A fascinating story, rich in biblical drama, and one that has not been previously told in English. A valuable book." --Walter Cook, Tribune "Gripping reading." --Max Hastings, Sunday Times

List of Maps
List of Illustrations
The Refugees
Paris, June 1940
Exodus
The Invasion of Paris
On the Road
Reactions to Defeat
Death of the Third Republic
The People's Decisions
Home or Exile
Summer-Autumn 1940
Back to 'Normal'?
Afterword: Forgetting and Remembering the Exodus
Notes
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Index

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