Vichy Holocaust collaboration timeline

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Led first by Philippe Pétain, the Vichy regime that replaced the French Third Republic in 1940 chose the path of collaboration with the Nazi occupiers. This policy included the Bousquet-Oberg accords of July 1942 that formalized the collaboration of the French police with the German police. This collaboration was manifested in particular by anti-Semitic measures taken by the Vichy government, and by its active participation in the genocide.

The terms Zone libre (Free Zone), Vichy France, Vichy regime, southern zone, French State, and État français are all synonyms and refer to the state in the south of France governed from Vichy during World War II and headed by French World War I hero Marshal Philippe Pétain. The terms Zone occupée (Occupied Zone), Occupied France, and northern zone refer to the northern portion of France governed by the German military administration in Paris, taking orders from Berlin.


Posters affixed on Jewish businesses in the Department of Aisne after October 1940 as part of the Aryanization policy, indicating the appointment of an Aryan commissioner-manager. (Departmental Archives of the Aisne)
  • July 10, 1940: Pierre Laval induces Parliament to vote complete powers (constituent, legislative, executive and judicial) to Marshal Philippe Pétain who becomes Head of state of the French State (État français).
  • July 21, 1940: Minister of Justice Alibert creates a board to review 500,000 naturalizations accorded since 1927. Withdrawal of nationality for 15,000 people, 40% of whom were Jews.
  • July 1940: Germans expel more than 20,000 Alsace-Lorraine Jews to the southern zone.
  • September 27, 1940: Ordinance on the status of Jews in the Occupied Zone. A census of Jews ("the Tulard file") and obligatory sign "Juif" meaning "Jew" on shops owned by Jews.
  • September 27, 1940: A Vichy law allows any foreigner "redundant to the French economy" to be interned among "groups of foreign workers".
  • October 3, 1940: first law on the status of Jews. French Jewish citizens are excluded from civil service, army, education, the press, radio and film. "Surplus" Jews are excluded from the professions. Article 9: This law is applicable to Algeria, to the colonies, protectorates and mandated territories.
  • October 4, 1940: prefects can detain foreigners of Jewish extraction in special camps or to assign residence.
  • October 7, 1940: repeal of the 1871 Crémieux Decree; French nationality is removed from Jews from Algeria.
  • October 7, 1940: Aryanization of businesses in the Occupied Zone.


Poster distributed in Marseilles in July 1941 announcing the Jewish census.


Antisemitic propaganda poster from 1942 showing "the tendency of Judaism toward world hegemony" (by the Anti-Bolshevik Action Committee [fr])




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  • Tal Bruttmann [fr] (ed.), Persécutions et spoliations des Juifs pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, [Persecution and plundering of Jews during the second world war], Presses universitaires de Grenoble, Grenoble, 2004.
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  • Jean-Marc Dreyfus [fr], Pillages sur ordonnances. Aryanisation et restitution des banques en France, 1940-1953, [Legal plunder. Aryanization and the reestablishment of French banking, 1940-1953], Fayard, Paris, 2003.
  • Michaël Iancu, Spoliations déportations, résistance des Juifs à Montpellier et dans l’Hérault (1940-1944), [Plunder, deportation, resistance of Montpelier Jews and in the Hérault], éditions Alain Barthélémy, Avignon, 2000.
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  • Florent Le bot, La fabrique réactionnaire. Antisémitisme, spoliations et corporatisme dans le cuir, 1930-1950, [Reactionary factories. Antisemitism, plunder and corporatism in leather manufacturing], Presses de Sciences Po, Paris, 2007.
  • Jean Laloum, Les Juifs dans la banlieue parisienne des années 20 aux années 50, [Jews of the Parisian banlieue in the 1920s to 1950s], CNRS éditions, Paris, 1998.
  • Marrus, Michael R; Paxton, Robert O (1995) [1981]. Vichy France and the Jews. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-2499-9. OCLC 848753155.
  • Paxton, Robert O (2001) [1972]. Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order 1940-1944. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-12469-0. OCLC 47825026.
  • Renée Poznanski [fr], Les Juifs en France pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, [Jews in France during the second world war], Hachette, Paris, 1997 ; 1st ed. 1994.
  • Simon Schwarzfuchs [fr], Aux prises avec Vichy, Histoire politique des Juifs de France, 1940-1944 [Coping with Vichy, political history of French Jewry, 1940-1944], éditions Calmann-Lévy, Paris, 1998.
  • Philippe Verheyde, Les mauvais comptes de Vichy. L’aryanisation des entreprises juives, [Vichy's bad accounts. The aryanization of Jewish businesses], Perrin, Paris, 1999.
  • Richard H. Weisberg, Vichy, la justice et les juifs, éd. des archives contemporaines, Amsterdam, 1998 ; 1st ed. New York, 1996.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Report of the Prefecture of Police of May 14, 1941.
  2. ^ Denis Peschanski, "Le Régime de Vichy a existé (The Vichy Regime Existed).
  3. ^ Maurice Rajsfus, La Police de Vichy.