France Speaks! A Weekly Correspondence on Democratic France. Vol. I, No. 1 (September 1941) through Vol. 1, No. 51 (June 5, 1943) (lacking 5 issues)
46 of 51 issues, each approx. 7-10 pp., of the self-published weekly newsletter edited by Albert Grand (with Jean Rollins, Sept. 1941-July 1942), reporting from New York on Nazi occupied France, with substantial coverage of the Vichy government policies and trials, internments and deportations, the resistance movement, Communist Party and trade union activities, economic and industrial conditions, and censorship, with important primary source material including Franco-German propaganda and personal correspondence, predominantly in English with some French. Typed, mimeographed sheets, printed recto only. 4to. Printed wrpps., this collection gathered into cardboard binder with metal tabs, orig. staples removed. New York 1941-1943. An unconventional, highly partisan record of the development and implementation of Vichy policy, the resistance, and "problems concerning the present and the future of the French Labor movement." As stated on the cover of later issues "All material in this publication is based on reports received from confidential sources in occupied and unoccupied France." The newsletter's distinctive, radical voice was focused on stories that might be elided in the mainstream American press, translating critical speeches and economic reports to provide an unusually broad picture of conditions across France. Inscribed in French on verso of first issue title page to Miss Mary Aldrich, daughter of Winthrop Aldrich, a man with considerable political influence in New York in the 1940s, later named Ambassador to England by President Eisenhower. Lacking issues 4, 8, 12, 14, and 15. (Inventory #: 47746)
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