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Nimes at War: Religion, Politics, and Public Opinion in the Gard, 1938-1944
Nimes at War: Religion, Politics, and Public Opinion in the Gard, 1938-1944
By Robert Zaretsky
Penn State Press, 1995, 276 pp

An analysis of the moods and behavior of the population of one French department, the Gard, which by virtue of its religious composition--Protestants made up a quarter of the population--was probably atypical. Clearly the Protestant groups were more reserved about the great "father figure" Petain than were Catholics or the hierarchy. The Protestants were also more active in helping Jews. Despite the early support of Vichy, concludes the author, a young American historian working closely with local archives, the Resistance increasingly gained many more sympathisants, vital to the struggle against Vichy and the Nazi occupiers.