Title

Refugees and Indifference: The Effects of Shortages on Attitudes Towards Jews in France's Limousin Region During World War II

Abstract

Contrary to some scholars' assertions, material shortages in wartime France did not lead ordinary citizens to become indifferent to the Jews' plight. Rather, the author maintains, the material situation influenced local application of the Vichy regime's antisemitic laws and shaped relationships between natives and Jewish refugees. Officials in the Limousin region used the urban housing crisis touched off by the influx of refugees to justify evictions of foreign Jews and their expulsion to rural areas. Authorities in the small towns and villages, for their part, accused these Jews of driving the black market. However, ordinary citizens usually proved more pragmatic than ideological in their interactions with Jews.

Department(s)

History and Political Science

Keywords and Phrases

material shortages; material situation

Library of Congress Subject Headings

France
Refugees, Jewish
World War II

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2007 Oxford University Press, All rights reserved.

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