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The Hunt for Nazi Spies: Fighting Espionage in Vichy France

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From 1940 to 1942, French secret agents arrested more than two thousand spies working for the Germans and executed several dozen of themand#8212;all despite the Vichy governmentand#8217;s declared collaboration with the Third Reich. A previously untold chapter in the history of World War II, this duplicitous activity is the gripping subject of The Hunt for Nazi Spies, a tautly narrated chronicle of the Vichy regimeand#8217;s attempts to maintain sovereignty while supporting its Nazi occupiers.

Simon Kitson informs this remarkable story with findings from his investigationand#8212;the first by any historianand#8212;of thousands of Vichy documents seized in turn by the Nazis and the Soviets and returned to France only in the 1990s. His pioneering detective work uncovers a puzzling paradox: a French government that was hunting down left-wing activists and supporters of Charles de Gaulleand#8217;s Free French forces was also working to undermine the influence of German spies who were pursuing the same Gaullists and resisters. In light of this apparent contradiction, Kitson does not deny that Vichy France was committed to assisting the Nazi cause, but illuminates the complex agendas that characterized the collaboration and shows how it was possible to be both anti-German and anti-Gaullist.

Combining nuanced conclusions with dramatic accounts of the lives of spies on both sides, The Hunt for Nazi Spies adds an important new dimension to our understanding of the French predicament under German occupation and the shadowy world of World War II espionage.

About the Author

Simon Kitson is a senior lecturer in French studies at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Experiencing Occupation in Western Europe, 1940and#8211;45. Catherine Tihanyi is a translator and research associate in the department of anthropology at Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Preface to the English Language Edition

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Acknowledgements

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Glossary and Abbreviations

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Chronology of World War II France

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Introduction

1and#160;and#160;and#160; Organizing German Espionage

2and#160;and#160;and#160; Becoming a Spy

3and#160;and#160;and#160; The Structure of French Counterespionage

4and#160;and#160;and#160; Secret Service Ambiguities

5and#160;and#160;and#160; Everyday Counterespionage

6and#160;and#160;and#160; The Fate of the Spies

7and#160;and#160;and#160; Understanding Vichy's Policy

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Conclusion

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Notes

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Bibliography

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226438931
Author:
Kitson, Simon
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Tihanyi, Catherine
Author:
Tihanyi, Catherine
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Secret service
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
France - History - German occupation, 1940-
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 maps
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » France » World War II
History and Social Science » Military » Espionage
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » France » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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