A Conspiracy of Goodness

September 01, 2010

by William Edgar

There is a small village in the center of France with a unique history. In the midst of World War II, the country was partly occupied and partly “free,” meaning the French government, headquartered at Vichy, led by Maréchal Pétain, cooperated with the Germans, who in turn granted a certain measure of liberty to its citizens. Everyone understood, however, that no true freedom existed in either of these zones. The Nazis bore down hard and had no intentions of allowing any sort of independence from the claims of the Third Reich. In this context, and particularly in France, Jews and other “misfits,” such as handicapped people, were regularly denounced by the authorities and sent to concentration camps in Poland. All told, French collaborators turned over some 83,000 Jews, including 10,000 children, for deportation to the death camps. Only 3,000 of them returned.

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William Edgar

Dr. Edgar (DThéol, Université de Genève) is professor of apologetics at WTS.

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