Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance

TitleFighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGildea, Robert
Number of Pages601
PublisherFaber & Faber

The story of the French Resistance is central to French identity, but it is a story built on myths. 'La Résistance française' was not simply a national effort to free the country from German occupation, but a wider struggle, filled with conflicts and division. It included Spanish republicans, Italian and even German anti-Nazis. The defense against the Holocaust brought in Jewish resisters and Christian rescuers. It involved a civil war for the French empire in Africa and the Near East. The movement itself was split between those on the far right and the far left, fighting for very different visions of the world. In this volume, the author returns to the testimonies of the resisters themselves, asking who they were, what they believed in and what compelled them to take the terrible risks they did. He brings to the fore the woman resisters, whom history neglected. Based on a reading of diaries, memoirs, letters, and interviews of contemporaries, this volume gives authentic voice to these resisters, revealing the diversity of their struggles for freedom in the darkest hours of occupation and collaboration.

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