By Tzvetan Todorov
An across the world popular pupil examines an episode within the chaos and retributive strife that engulfed France through the liberation on the finish of worldwide conflict II.
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The relationship between the postwar French and the Vichy episode has undergone a complex evolution, analyzed in particular by Henry Rousso (The Vichy Syndrome, 1991, and in collaboration with E. Conan, Vichy, un passé qui ne passe pas, 1944). One after another, four legendsone Vichy's own, another one Communist, still another Gaullist, and a fourth defeatistarose, competed against each other, refined their differences with further distinctions, and became more nuanced. It should be added that, contrary to what is sometimes asserted, the purge that immediately followed the war was not insignificant; but one cannot entirely "purge" a population that, as a whole, accepted its fate.
God knows this town prides itself on being situated in the geographical center of France (actually, several neighboring villages make the same claim), but that is not enough to attract lasting media attention. Like so many other medium-size towns cast with a pervasive gloominess, this town seems remarkable only for its lack of any significant events; it is truly a quiet little spot where, as they say, nothing happens. Is this really the place where fifty years ago a particularly memorable event took place?
This political, military police, an outgrowth of the Service d'ordre légionnaire (the Légion was the veteran's organization under Pétain) directed by Joseph Darnand, was officially created on January 30, 1943; on February 28 of the same year a local chapter was organized at Saint-Amand. It has been fairly successful: in December 1943 militia members there numbered 205, of whom 105 were francs-gardes (armed fighters); beyond the central core there were the trentaines in the small neighboring towns of Lignières, Culan, and Sancoins.
A French Tragedy: Scenes of Civil War, Summer 1944 (Contemporary French Culture and Society) by Tzvetan Todorov