Jews in France During World War II

Renée Poznanski; Nathan Bracher, translator Cover of "Jews in France During World War II"

Now available in English, the authoritative work on ordinary Jews in France during World War II.

Renée Poznanski presents an extraordinary panorama of Jewish daily life throughout France during World War II. Her book provides a detailed and nuanced account of Jews in both occupied and Vichy France as well as of Jewish life in France camps. In addition to standard French and German documentation, Poznanski relies on non-published sources (diaries, reports by various organizations, personal correspondence) to build riveting collective portraits of Jewish suffering and survival.

Even more than this, she uses these sources to illuminate "the rhythm of French and German persecution, the reactions of Jewish and non-Jewish opinion and the various strategies of the Jewish victims." A crucial contribution of French Jewish and Holocaust historiography, and an important corrective to much of the literature that treats Jews as victims rather than as subjects able to make (some) choices, this book is certain to become the most authoritative work in the field.

About the Author

Renee Poznanski, born in France to Holocaust survivors, graduated from the Sorbonne and the Institute of Political Science in Paris. She emigrated to Israel in 1973, where she is currently Yaakov and Poria Avnon Professor of Holocaust Studies at Ben Gurion University. This book, published in French by Hachette in 1999, received the Jacob Buchman Prize for the Memory of the Holocaust from The International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem.