The French Resistance holocaust education project

Especially leading up to D-day in June 1944, the French Resistance played a key part in aiding the Allies to success in Western Europe. The French Resistance went from 1940-1944. General Charles De Gualle was the leader of the French Resistance and he was intent to unite these different resistance groups under his leadership ("French Resistance"). Jean Moulin was a high-profile member of the Resistance in France during World War II. Owing mainly to his role in unifying the French Resistance under Charles De Gualle and his death at the hands of Gestapo ("Jean Moulin"), he is remembered today as an emblem of the Resistance. The French resistance fighters blew up bridges, derailed trains, directed the British in the bombing of German troop trains, kidnapped and killed German army officers, and ambushed German troops. They killed any German soldiers who surrendered to them, sometimes destroying their bodies for good measure but they took no prisoners. ("History Of The French Resistance - The Alliance Reseau, Maquis, FTP And FFI")."

In the French Resistance there was a total of 509 members. Women were 15-20% of the French Resistance while men 80-85% of the French Resistance. Called maquisards the Maquis were rural guerrilla bands of French Resistance fighters during the Occupation of France in World War II ("Maquis (World War II)"). After the liberation, Georges Zerapha concluded that from June 1940 to December 1941 Jews led the way from bottom to top in the majority of subgroups of the Resistance. Of the six founders of the Liberation in July 1941, three of them were Jews.

As a group, Jews were effectively held to a neutral political stance and a distinct presence. The surrender of France in June 1940 was a major blow to many French people in terms of their pride. The creation of a Nazi-approved Vichy government further proof that politicians had let down France. The resistance movement developed to provide the Allies with intelligence attack the Germans when possible and to assist the escape of Allied airmen

World War II started when Great Britain and France declared war on Germany after Hitler ordered the invasion on Poland in 1939. France and Great Britain made a pact with Poland after Poland had been conquered. The British also made a pact with France that both of the countries wouldn't sign a separate peace with the Germans. France was invaded by Germany in 1940 going around the Maginot Line.

So the French Resistance wasn't very pretty, but they did succeed in the end. I think the French Resistance did a pretty good job. World War II was pretty messy so I hope we don't have a World War III.

A few members of the French Resistance

Works Cited

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"Was The French Resistance Jewish?". Tablet Magazine. N.p., 2017. Web. 3 Mar. 2017.

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