Professionalism in the final solution : French railway workers and the Jewish deportations, 1942-4
Title: Professionalism in the final solution : French railway workers and the Jewish deportations, 1942-4
Author: BROCH, Ludivine
Publisher: Cambridge Univ Press
Citation: Contemporary European history, 2014, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 359-380
ISSN: 0960-7773; 1469-2171
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.
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