The trials of the principal figures of Vichy, the collaborationist regime in France during the Second World War, served several different purposes: they affirmed the legitimacy of the new government of Charles De Gaulle and the continuity in the French historical narrative, where Vichy was depicted as an aberration. The philosopher Simone Weil foresaw the harmful effects of a justice that was “weaponized” for symbolic and political ends: the division of all French into the camp of either those who were “pure” or “impure” of collaboration and the risks posed by burying too quickly wartime experiences. Those repressed years will erupt later in what Henry Rousseau called “the Vichy Syndrome.”
Light French refreshments will be served.
The presentation will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Alumni Hall from 4:00 to 5:00.