The legacy of Nazi occupation : patriotic memory and national recovery in Western Europe, 1945-1965 / Pieter Lagrou.Material type: TextSeries: Studies in the social and cultural history of modern warfare: Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000Description: xiii, 327 p. : ill. ; 24 cmISBN: 0521651808; 9780521651806Subject(s): Reconstruction (1939-1951) -- Europe | Memory | Europe -- History -- 1945-DDC classification: 940.55 LOC classification: D809.E8 | L44 2000Other classification: 15.70
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-322) and index.
Appropriating victory and re-establishing the state -- Heroes of a nation : Belgium and France -- A nation of heroes : the Netherlands -- Displaced populations -- The challenge to the post-war state : Belgium and the Netherlands -- Pétain's exiles and De Gaulle's deportees -- Labour and total war -- Moral panic : "the soap, the suit and above all the Bible" -- Patriotic scrutiny -- "Deportation" : the defence of the labour conscripts -- Plural persecutions -- National martyrdom -- Patriotic memories and the genocide -- Remembering the war and legitimising the post-war international order.
"This volume examines how France, Belgium and the Netherlands emerged from the military collapse and humiliating Nazi occupation they suffered during the Second World War. Rather than traditional armed conflict, the human consequences of Nazi policies were resistance, genocide and labour migration to Germany. Pieter Lagrou offers a genuinely comparative approach to these issues, based on extensive archival research; he underlines the divergence between ambiguous experiences of occupation and the univocal post-war patriotic narratives which followed. His book reveals striking differences in political cultures as well as close convergence in the creation of a common Western European discourse, and uncovers disturbing aspects of the aftermath of the war, including post-war antisemitism and the marginalisation of resistance veterans. This book will be of central interest to all scholars and students of twentieth-century European history."--Jacket.