This is the first comprehensive study of the German occupation of France between 1940 and 1944. The author examines the nature and extent of collaboration and resistance, different experiences of Occupation, the persecution of the Jews, intellectual and cultural life under Occupation, and the purge trials that followed. He concludes by tracing the legacy and memory of the Occupation since 1945.
This book is an exhaustive synthesis of scholarly research, memoirs and diaries. It is difficult to imagine that anyone else will now feel the need to bring together in a single volume the mass of material that has been published over the past half-century on France's wartime experience. What makes Jackson's account particularly useful is that it traces both the prewar roots of wartime developments and the postwar reverberations -- the trials, purges, films and novels. Vichy and the resistance thus emerge clearly as part of the longer run of French history.