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By Elie Poulard,Jean V. Poulard

the necessary paintings carrier legislations, or carrier du Travail Obligatoire, used to be handed in 1943 through the Vichy govt of France lower than German career. Passage of the legislation proven the French government’s prepared collaboration in supplying the Nazi regime with French manpower to switch German employees despatched to struggle within the conflict. the end result was once the deportation of 600,000 younger Frenchmen to Germany, the place they labored below the most harsh stipulations. Elie Poulard used to be one of many Frenchmen compelled into exertions by means of the Vichy govt. Translated through his brother Jean V. Poulard, Elie’s memoir vividly captures the lives of a mostly unrecognized team of people that suffered lower than the Nazis. He describes in nice element his ordeal at diversified paintings websites within the Ruhr quarter, the horrors that he witnessed, and the few Germans who have been sturdy to him. via this account of 1 eyewitness at the flooring, we achieve a bright photo of Allied bombing within the western a part of Germany and its contribution to the slow cave in and capitulation of Germany on the finish of the struggle. all through his ordeal, Elie's Catholic religion, sturdy humor, and perseverance sustained him. Little has been released in French or English in regards to the use of international staff by way of the Nazi regime and their destiny. The Poulards’ e-book makes a tremendous contribution to the historiography of global battle II, with its firsthand account of what overseas employees persevered once they have been despatched to Nazi Germany. The memoir concludes with a proof of the continuing controversy in France over the competition to the name Déporté du Travail, which those that skilled this pressured deportation, like Elie, gave themselves after the war.

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