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Title: Face to face with the enemy : the reactions of young girls and young women to the Nazi occupation of France
Author: Harrison, Victoria Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 4087
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2012
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This study focuses on the experiences of young girls, who were aged between four and twenty-one when the Occupation began, growing up in Occupied France during World War II. Although youth and gender have been researched independently, this has been in terms of the policies that were implemented by the Vichy regime. Similarly studies on public opinion focus on the population as a whole rather than on a specific category of people. Using archival documents and published testimonies, my research explores the complexities surrounding the formation of opinions towards the Germans in young girls’ minds and how these opinions reflect their age and gender. An important factor in this interplay is that the Germans were often not much older than these young girls so in peacetime the two would have belonged to similar peer groups. In contrast to adults who could make conscious decisions about how to behave towards the enemy, young girls tended to react more naturally and instinctively. The thesis therefore argues that their accounts provide a deeper and more nuanced insight into public opinion at this time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: D731 World War II ; DC France ; HQ The family. Marriage. Woman