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Author: Fabrice Virgili

Title: Les viols commis par l'armée allemande en France (1940-1944)

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Translation: Rapes Committed by the German Army in France (1940-1944)

Journal: Vingtième Siecle: Revue d’histoire

Volume: -

Issue: 130

Year: April-June 2016

Pages: 103-120

ISSN: 0294-1759 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: French

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: French History, German History | Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War


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Author: Fabrice Virgili, UMR Identités, Relations internationales et civilisations de l’Europe, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-SorbonneWikipedia

Abstract: »Recently, wartime rape has become a legitimate subject of historical study. However, the acts of sexual violence committed by German soldiers in France during World War II remain largely unknown. This paper highlights how widespread sexual violence was, while emphasising the difficulty of establishing the facts according to criminal law or martial law. By combining micro-historical studies with a general overview of the war, this article establishes a typology of sexual violence in order to deal with the simplifications of myth (the rape of the Sabine women) or current events. This chronology of sexual violence illustrates how sexuality was one facet among many of the Occupation’s regime. Finally, these acts of sexual violence are also considered in a comparative perspective with the rapes committed by Allied soldiers in Europe during World War II.« (Source: Historical Abstracts)


  L’invasion de 1940, au regard d’août 1914
  Les exactions dans le sillage de la 3e Panzer Division Totenkopf
  Porter plainte
  L’Occupation, une criminalité sexuelle en temps de guerre
  La difficulté de qualifier le viol
  Interrogatoires, torture et viols
  Le viol terroriste et la généralisation des violences sexuelles en France
  Quels lendemains, quels viols ?
  Taire progressivement les viols

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of France / Vichy France; History of Germany / Nazi Germany | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: World War II / War crimes of the Wehrmacht