Saturday, September 18, 2004

While Allied blood drenched Normandy beaches..

How wartime French cartoonists' bestselling youth magazine vilified both the Allies and Jews

It's OK-- after all, c'est culture...

From an article in The Sunday Herald

French cartoonists collaborated with the Nazis to portray Britons
as duplicitous, corpse-groping torturers and Jews as child-killers in an
influential children's magazine, a new book by a Glasgow University academic reveals.

Alongside comic strips vilifying the Allies and Jews, it featured pseudo scientific essays on ritual killings and how blood trans fusions could be used to achieve racial purity. Academics believe it sheds new light on the willingness with which some sections of French society collaborated in promoting Nazi ideas and goals.

Dr Laurence Grove discovered the magazine, which languished in the basements of secretive collectors for 60 years, in the archives of the national library in Paris while researching a book on French culture.

"I knew it was a wartime publication with Nazi approval, but I didn’t realise how pro-Nazi it would be," he said. "The magazine was not sponsored by the Nazis. It was written by Frenchmen, for Frenchmen. This was pure collaboration. People say it was the only work going, but they didn't have to be so zealous."

The article goes on to say

In his book Text Image Mosaics In French Culture: Emblems And Comic Strips, Grove writes that the past has been overlooked because of "vested interest" or because "it has been more important to give (the French comic strip) a history than to worry about the exact nature of its pedigree"

Their reputations survived a 1976 study by Pascal Ory, a French historian, and their wartime activities have remained conspicuously absent from French encyclopaedias of comic books.

Vive La France!

Wandering Mind

may not be suitable for political vegans