FRANCE

The 1940 German invasion of France marked another ill-fated chapter in Franco-German relations. Following the conclusion of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was stripped of land, resources, and political power by France, Great Britain, and the United States. While all three nations would become embroiled in the Second World War, it was only France that Germany and the NSDAP were able to invade successfully.

German writing about France in the early 1940s largely discussed Nazi supremacy and the blitzkrieg that resulted in German occupation of the country. Although these texts are presented as fact, there is a distinct prejudice against France in each volume.

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Otto Meissner
Deutsches Elsass, deutsches Lothringen. Berlin: O. Stollberg, 1941.

The Treaty of Versailles returned the contested Alsace region back to French control, but the Germans were never content with this. Otto Meissner, one of Hitler’s state ministers, compiled this volume to form an argument regarding the inherently German nature of this region.

Kurt Frowein
Festung Frankreich fiel. Berlin: W. Limpert, 1940.

War correspondent and NSDAP lieutenant Kurt Frowein wrote Festung Frankreich fiel as an eyewitness account of war between Germany and France.

Oswald Zenkner
Frankreich fällt. Düsseldorf: Völkischer Verlag, 1942.

Published in 1942, Frankreich fällt presents a detailed account of the fall of France and Nazi dominance over the country during the war.

 

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