By Richard J. Golsan, Lucy B. Golsan
Situations related to global warfare II-era crimes opposed to humanity reopen a aggravating bankruptcy in France's Vichy earlier.
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Extra info for Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice: The Bousquet and Touvier Affairs
Bousquet also seems to have been quite successful in restimulating the department's economy and later claimed that, while serving Vichy during this period, he remained loyal to the republic. 56] next page > page_6 < previous page page_6 next page > Page 6 of the Marne. According to the historian Jean-Pierre Husson, Bousquet spent a great deal of energy on the "surveillance of the former Communist Party," keeping lists of important party members prepared commune by commune and conducting investigations into communist presence and influence in private businesses.
In his recently published La France À l'heure allemande, Philippe Burrin offers the following characterization of Bousquet: Self-confidence to the point of presumption. 59] next page > page_13 < previous page page_13 next page > Page 13 lutely nothing. " A belief in German might which did not include personal sympathy for the occupants. Finally, an unequivocal acceptance of an authoritarian regime. 32 As Robert Paxton explains in the interview with Annette Lévy-Willard in this volume, Bousquet's "main concern" in organizing the 1942 roundups "was to expand the function of the French police in the Occupied Zone" and indeed throughout France by having the German occupant grant French police greater autonomy to act and by guaranteeing that German intervention in their operations would only be done through the appropriate channels.
This was simply not the case. That Bousquet did not organize the roundups against his will but instead ordered the operations carried out with the zeal of an efficient bureaucrat is suggested by a number of documents, several of which were indeed included in the dossier of the 1949 trial. These documents, consisting of telegrams sent to the regional prefects on 18, 20, and 22 August 1942, ordered the roundup of foreign Jews in the Unoccupied Zone, including children of less than sixteen years of age, whom the Nazis themselves had originally excluded from the lists of those to be deported.
Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice: The Bousquet and Touvier Affairs by Richard J. Golsan, Lucy B. Golsan