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The Resistance in Colour: Resisters from the colonies in France, 1940-44

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A Virtual Talk: The Resistance in Colour: Resisters from the colonies in France, 1940-44

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Part of the Library's Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust event series.

In this talk, Dr Ludivine Broch will share the stories of non-white resisters from the colonies in mainland France during the Second World War. For decades now, the French resistance has proved to be a lively topic in the history, memory and myths, but also controversies and debates, of the Second World War. Originally, the image of the French resister was that of a white male, but historians have done a lot to reveal the social, gendered and political diversity of the people who participated in the French resistance: women, Jews, communists and colonials in France’s imperial territories were all involved in the legendary ‘Résistance’. Little has been said, however, of the 200,000 men and women from the colonies living in the French metropole during the Occupation. Although almost forgotten in public memory, many of these non-white men and women were entangled in the Resistance as early as the summer of 1940. From Mohamed Lakhdar-Toumi - an Algerian communist resister involved with the FTP, one of the most political and violent groups - to Moussa Abadi - a Syrian anti-fascist resister who with his wife rescued Jewish children in the South of France - Ludivine Broch presents a culturally and ethnically diverse portrait of the internal resistance in metropolitan France.

About the speaker:

Dr Ludivine Broch is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster. She researches society and culture both within and beyond Europe around the time of the Second World War. Broch is interested in peoples' lives during this period, their thoughts, feelings and the objects that surrounded them. She is also interested in how this translates (or not) into memory and commemoration throughout the post-war decades and to this day. She has written extensively on the history and memory of the French resistance and the Holocaust, not least through the prism of railway workers and colonial resisters. Broch is currently working on a story of gratitude, objects and cultural diplomacy in the immediate post-war funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme.

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1. The Library will send you a Zoom link and joining instructions via email prior to the event.

2. Please try and join 5 minutes before the event start time (17.55) and we will let you into the room (do try and bear with us if this takes a few minutes).

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5. The event will be recorded for the Library’s YouTube channel and will be shared at a later date.

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