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By Elie Poulard,Jean V. Poulard

the mandatory paintings carrier legislation, or carrier du Travail Obligatoire, used to be handed in 1943 by means of the Vichy govt of France less than German career. Passage of the legislation proven the French government’s keen collaboration in supplying the Nazi regime with French manpower to switch German staff despatched to struggle within the struggle. the outcome used to be the deportation of 600,000 younger Frenchmen to Germany, the place they labored lower than the cruelest stipulations. Elie Poulard was once one of many Frenchmen pressured into hard work by way 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 below the Nazis. He describes in nice aspect his ordeal at assorted paintings websites within the Ruhr area, the horrors that he witnessed, and the few Germans who have been sturdy to him. via this account of 1 eyewitness at the floor, we achieve a vibrant 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 conflict. all through his ordeal, Elie's Catholic religion, sturdy humor, and perseverance sustained him. Little has been released in French or English concerning the use of international employees by means of the Nazi regime and their destiny. The Poulards’ e-book makes a major contribution to the historiography of worldwide warfare II, with its firsthand account of what overseas staff persisted once they have been despatched to Nazi Germany. The memoir concludes with an evidence 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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