La France Divisée

La France Divisée

Both collaborators and resisters are seen through the eyes of seven French people
L a France Divisée, produced and directed by Barbara P. Barnett and Eileen M. Angelini, explores the two sides of France during World War II. Both collaborators and resisters are seen through the eyes of seven French people: four survivors of the Holocaust (one deportee who returned from a series of concentration camps and three child survivors who were hidden children in Vichy France), two historians (including Serge Klarsfeld)and leader of the French Resistance Lucie Aubrac.

Passport check by French police during Occupation Each interviewee presents a very different account of the times by virtue of his/her personal experiences. Also included are the historic public apologies of the French government and the Catholic Church. President Jacques Chirac in 1995 acknowledged the French government's role in the deportation of Jews. Catholic Bishop Olivier de Berranger in 1997 asked forgiveness for what he described as the silence of the French Catholic Church during the German Occupation.

Ideal for the teaching of French in a meaningful context as well as for use in the history or social science classroom. Available in both DVD and VHS formats. A twenty-page study guide for teachers includes an historical introduction by Princeton professor David Bellos, a description of the interviewees, a chronology, a glossary of terms, comprehension questions, suggested class activities and additional classroom resources.