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The Resource Deposition, 1940-1944 : a secret diary of life in Vichy France, Léon Werth ; edited and translated by David Ball

Deposition, 1940-1944 : a secret diary of life in Vichy France, Léon Werth ; edited and translated by David Ball

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Deposition, 1940-1944 : a secret diary of life in Vichy France
Title
Deposition, 1940-1944
Title remainder
a secret diary of life in Vichy France
Statement of responsibility
Léon Werth ; edited and translated by David Ball
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Historians agree: the diary of Léon Werth (1878-1955) is one of the most precious--and readable--pieces of testimony ever written about life in France under Nazi occupation and the Vichy regime. Werth was a free-spirited and unclassifiable writer. He is the author of eleven novels, art and dance criticism, acerbic political reporting, and memorable personal essays. He was Jewish, and left Paris in June 1940 to hide out in his wife's country house in Saint-Amour, a small village in the Jura Mountains. His short memoir 33 Days recounts his struggle to get there. Deposition tells of daily life in the village, on nearby farms and towns, and finally back in Paris, where he draws the portrait of a Resistance network in his apartment and writes an eyewitness report of the insurrection that freed the city in August 1966. From Saint-Amour, we see both the Resistance in the countryside--derailing troop trains, punishing notorious collaborators--and growing repression: arrests, torture, deportation, and executions. Above all, we see how Vichy and the Occupation affect the lives of farmers and villagers and how their often contradictory attitudes evolve from 1940 to 1944. Werth's ear for dialogue and novelist's gift for creating characters animate the diary: in the markets and in town, we meet real French peasants and shopkeepers, railroad men and the patronne of the café at the station, schoolteachers and gendarmes. They come off the page alive, and the countryside and villages come alive with them. With biting irony, Werth records, almost daily, what Vichy-German propaganda was saying on the radio and in the press. We follow the progress of the war as people did then, day by day. These entries make interesting, often amusing reading, a stark contrast with his entries on the persecution and deportation of the Jews. Deposition is a varied and complex piece of living history, and a pleasure to read. -- Inside jacket flaps.7
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contains biographical information
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1878-1955
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Werth, Léon
Dewey number
940.53/44092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
D811.5
LC item number
.W471613 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1937-
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Ball, David
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  • Werth, Léon
  • Jews
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jewish authors
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • France
  • Werth, Léon
  • German Occupation of France (1940-1945)
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • France
Label
Deposition, 1940-1944 : a secret diary of life in Vichy France, Léon Werth ; edited and translated by David Ball
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1004262360
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxix, 325 pages
Isbn
9780190499549
Lccn
2017047180
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028145126
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1004262360
Label
Deposition, 1940-1944 : a secret diary of life in Vichy France, Léon Werth ; edited and translated by David Ball
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1004262360
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxxix, 325 pages
Isbn
9780190499549
Lccn
2017047180
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028145126
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1004262360

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