"Fundamentally excellent history, with an unusual style and a mastery of telling detail. Fouche's work carries a sense of immediacy, of real people struggling with fateful events."--Harvey Smith, Northern Illinois University"A remarkable achievement.... A very readable and gripping account of the most infamous German atrocity committed on French soil."--David Allen Harvey, author of "Constructing Class and Nationality in Alsace""A most valuable contribution to truth."--"The European Legacy"Vom Verlag:
Near the end of World War II, four days after Allied armies landed at Normandy, a unit of Waffen SS tro en route to the front surrounded the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane and, without warning, systematically massacred its citizens. In an effort to come to grips with this tragedy, Jean-Jacques Fouche explores the massacre from several points of view - religious or ethnic differences, the background and training of the Nazi soldiers, and suspicions that villagers sheltered Jewish and Spanish anti-fascist refugee Expertly translated by David Sices and James B. Atkinson, Massacre at Oradour, France, 1944 offers the most comprehensive and well-documented account of the massacre, its aftermath, and the ways in which its memory affects our understanding of and response to terror.
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