Life with the Enemy: Collaboration and Resistance in Hitler's Europe, 1939-1945

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Life with the Enemy: Collaboration and Resistance in Hitler's Europe, 1939-1945

By Werner Rings
Doubleday, 1982
351 pp. $17.95
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A popular account of one of the most gripping and confusing moments in the history of our century: the responses of the conquered peoples of Europe to the Nazi conqueror. Rings, a German-born Swiss journalist, rightly discards the simple-minded antithesis of resistance and collaboration and establishes his more nuanced categories, stressing the many different types of collaboration and resistance and the ease with which people could move from one to another. A provocative essay, inter alia questioning the effectiveness of the resistance and stressing the pervasiveness of collaboration, but shallow in analysis and not quite adequate as history.

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