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The Vichy Corruption

How American leaders in World War II picked up deliberately anti-Semitic policies from their Vichy French partners in North Africa.

Admiral Jean-François Darlan, Marshal Phillipe Petain and Air Marshal Hermann Goering after a meeting between Vichy and Nazi leaders at which they discussed the handing over of bases in French North Africa to the Nazis. Popperfoto/Getty Images.

Admiral Jean-François Darlan, Marshal Phillipe Petain and Air Marshal Hermann Goering after a meeting between Vichy and Nazi leaders at which they discussed the handing over of bases in French North Africa to the Nazis. Popperfoto/Getty Images.

Last Word
Oct. 30 2017
About the author

Robert Satloff is the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the author of several books on the Middle East, including Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands.


How American leaders in World War II picked up deliberately anti-Semitic policies from their Vichy French partners in North Africa.

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