Today, France is finally opening up police and ministerial archives from the Vichy regime which collaborated with Nazi occupation forces in World War Two. More than 200,000 declassified documents are being made public. They date from the 1940-1944 regime of Marshal Philippe Petain.
Amongst other issues, the documents should shed light on the deportation of some 76,000 Jews to Germany by officials of the regime (see image above) – and will be of interest to those in the Touraine region which straddled the Demarcation line.
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