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Paris, France - List of Citizens Who Collaborated With Nazis to be Published Online

Published on: June 30, 2010 07:43 AM
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Some 77,000 Jews were deported from France to concentration camps including Auschwitz during the war  Some 77,000 Jews were deported from France to concentration camps including Auschwitz during the war

Paris France - Thousands of French citizens who collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War will be unmasked when police reports from the era are finally made public and published online.

Since the liberation of Paris, the details of the collaborators have been kept hidden in cardboard boxes in the basement of the police museum in the French capital.

But now all of the files - which include information passed on to the Nazis by those who lived during the occupation of 1940 to 1944 - will be scanned and published online.

The released archive will include every police log from stations across France, as well as details of every arrest, fine and interview.

As well as shedding new light on the work of the Gestapo across France, the files will illuminate the role of the Brigade Speciale, which tracked down resistance fighters and other enemies of the Nazi regime.

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At least 77,000 Jews were deported to their deaths from French transit camps between 1942 and the end of German occupation, in December 1944. Of these, around a third were French citizens and more than 8,000 were children under 13.

The plan to reveal the names of collaborators - many of whom have successfully covered up their wartime work - follows a dramatic ruling last year in France’s highest court, which found that Nazi officials did not force the French to betray their fellow citizens, and that anti-Semitic persecution was carried out willingly.

In 1995, then President Jacques Chirac spoke for the first time about France’s responsibility for the deportation of Jews, putting an end to decades of ambiguity by successive governments. “The criminal folly of the occupiers was seconded by the French, by the French state,” he said.

After capitulating to the German Blitzkrieg in just over a month, and surrendering Paris without a fight in June 1940, France embarked on a period of collaboration with the Nazis.

The Vichy government not only helped exterminate Jews but murdered thousands of other “undesirables” including socialists, homosexuals and gypsies, and some Frenchmen joined the German army. Its soldiers were among those who fought for Hitler to the last, right up until the final Battle for Berlin.

All of the paperwork is officially protected by an official 75 year classification order issued by the post-war government. But work is already underway to preserve the faded, dog-eared documents for posterity. The material from 1940 will be published in 2015, with the subsequent documents to follow over the next four years.


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 Jun 30, 2010 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Gods Vengeance should reach those responsible.

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM Ayin Hora Says:

A complete ayin hara on them and all of their descendants. And every other nazi collaborator alive or dead and all of their descendants. a PUBLIC AYIN HARA. Lets all wish a collective ayin hara on all of them. ya never know. Maybe they will all simply drop dead.

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 10:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Better late than never!! If they are alive, they better hide!!

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Oh indeed they better hide like the Jews had to....
We ARE going to get revenge.

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM Crazy! Disgusted! Says:

People commit crimes against humanity for no reason, voluntarily, and some commission protects them for 75 years, so that they should not even be embarrassed by it! Shame on France! (maybe thats why they helped Israel with the wars...)

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM bain adom l'chavero Says:

#2, be careful please.
there are many who are alive and deserve to be punished, but not all of the descendant alive today.

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM big deal Says:

Most of them are dead or extremely old. The whole France is one dung hole of anti-semitism. Nothing new
Their army was, is and will always be a joke.

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM Albert Einstein Says:

Reply to #2  
Ayin Hora Says:

A complete ayin hara on them and all of their descendants. And every other nazi collaborator alive or dead and all of their descendants. a PUBLIC AYIN HARA. Lets all wish a collective ayin hara on all of them. ya never know. Maybe they will all simply drop dead.

Their descendants too? I don't think so.

See Sanhedrin 96: The descendants of Haman taught Torah in Bnei Berak. Shemaya and Avtalyon were descendants of Sanncherev.

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 Jun 30, 2010 at 06:24 PM formally Says:

even thought my mother and her sister where saved/hidden by some French people they where the luck ones most of the french did nothing and much worse.

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 Jul 12, 2010 at 10:09 AM I have a brain Says:

How can you accuse every French person of 'doing nothing'? I'd like to see your behaviour after being invaded and constantly watched by a foreign dictatorship.

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