Professionalism in the final solution: French railway workers and the Jewish deportations, 1942–4

Broch, L. 2014. Professionalism in the final solution: French railway workers and the Jewish deportations, 1942–4. Contemporary European History. 23 (3), pp. 359-380. doi:10.1017/S0960777314000186

TitleProfessionalism in the final solution: French railway workers and the Jewish deportations, 1942–4
AuthorsBroch, L.
Abstract

Why did railway workers never sabotage the deportation trains? This article examines the role of French railway workers in the Holocaust by historicising the concept of railway professionalism. It argues that the actions and behaviour of French railwaymen, whether blue-collar, white-collar or Jewish, were rooted in long-standing professional identities and values which were difficult to shift, even during the occupation. So whereas the professionalism of Holocaust bureaucrat perpetrators is often demonised, this article points to its socio-cultural importance and offers a more nuanced interpretation of ‘perpetrators’ in the Holocaust.

JournalContemporary European History
Journal citation23 (3), pp. 359-380
ISSN0960-7773
Year2014
PublisherCambridge University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1017/S0960777314000186
Publication dates
PublishedAug 2014

Related outputs

Colonial Subjects and Citizens in the French Internal Resistance, 1940-1944
Broch, L. 2019. Colonial Subjects and Citizens in the French Internal Resistance, 1940-1944. French Politics, Culture and Society. 37 (1), pp. 6-31. doi:10.3167/fpcs.2019.370102

The SNCF affair: trains, the Holocaust and divided memories of Vichy France
Broch, L. 2017. The SNCF affair: trains, the Holocaust and divided memories of Vichy France. in: Lower, W. and Faulkner Rossi, L. (ed.) Lessons and Legacies XII: New Directions in Holocaust Research and Education Northwestern University Press.

Ordinary Workers, Vichy and the Holocaust: French Railwaymen and the Second World War
Broch, L. 2016. Ordinary Workers, Vichy and the Holocaust: French Railwaymen and the Second World War. Cambridge Cambridge University Press.

French Railway Workers and the Question of Rescue During the Holocaust
Broch, L. 2015. French Railway Workers and the Question of Rescue During the Holocaust. Diasporas. 25 (2015), pp. 147-167. doi:10.4000/diasporas.379

Martyred towns at the liberation: the case of the Massacre d’Ascq
Broch, L. 2014. Martyred towns at the liberation: the case of the Massacre d’Ascq. in: Broch, L. and Carrol, A. (ed.) France in an era of global war, 1914-1945: occupation, politics, empire and entanglements London Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 50-72

Book review: Sudhir Hazareesingh 'In the shadow of the general: modern France and the myth of De Gaulle'
Broch, L. 2014. Book review: Sudhir Hazareesingh 'In the shadow of the general: modern France and the myth of De Gaulle'. European History Quarterly. 44 (2), pp. 335-337. doi:10.1177/0265691414524528t

Book review: The Routledge history of the Holocaust, ed. Jonathan C. Friedman
Broch, L. 2013. Book review: The Routledge history of the Holocaust, ed. Jonathan C. Friedman. The English Historical Review. 128 (530), pp. 212-214. doi:10.1093/ehr/ces366

Book review: Barjonet, Aurélie and Liran Razinsky (Eds.), Writing the Holocaust today: critical perspectives on Jonathan Littell's 'The kindly ones'
Broch, L. 2013. Book review: Barjonet, Aurélie and Liran Razinsky (Eds.), Writing the Holocaust today: critical perspectives on Jonathan Littell's 'The kindly ones'. Modern and Contemporary France. 21 (4), pp. 560-561. doi:10.1080/09639489.2013.822357

Book review: Jean-Pierre Renouard, My stripes were earned in hell
Broch, L. 2012. Book review: Jean-Pierre Renouard, My stripes were earned in hell. Modern and Contemporary France. 20 (4), pp. 519-521. doi:10.1080/09639489.2012.718173

Book review: Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Sarah Gensburger, Nazi labour camps in Paris: Austerlitz, Lévitan, Bassano, July 1943–August 1944
Broch, L. 2012. Book review: Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Sarah Gensburger, Nazi labour camps in Paris: Austerlitz, Lévitan, Bassano, July 1943–August 1944. Modern and Contemporary France. 20 (2), pp. 257-259. doi:10.1080/09639489.2012.657026

Book review: The resistance: the French fight against the Nazis by Matthew Cobb
Broch, L. 2011. Book review: The resistance: the French fight against the Nazis by Matthew Cobb. French History. 25 (1), pp. 127-129. doi:10.1093/fh/crr007

Book review: Jan Karski, Story of a secret state
Broch, L. 2011. Book review: Jan Karski, Story of a secret state. Jewish Quarterly. 58 (2), pp. 78-79. doi:10.1080/0449010X.2011.10707138

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/8y896/professionalism-in-the-final-solution-french-railway-workers-and-the-jewish-deportations-1942-4


Share this
Tweet
Email