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The article that this paper will be based and discussed upon is titled Berthes prison diary written by Hanna Diamond Berthes prison diary can be found in the August 1999 issue of History Today volume 49 pages 43-49 During World War II it was known that many people suffered People suffered from the casualties of war suffered because of their class but especially because of their race The group to suffer the most were the Jewish Over 6 million were killed because of no crime but because of their race Berthes prison diary is about a woman named Berthe A and her experience in the French prisons for collaborators Besides Berthes personal experience in prison through her diary we also get accounts on how the other people were treated France gets invaded on May 10 1940 by the Nazis On June 22 1940 France signs treay of peace with the Nazis Paris is liberated on August 25 1944 The setting begins in the August of 1944 in Toulouse France It was a time of despair and confusion France was in a chaos People were hungry and were left in poor conditions The Germans had finally left Toulouse after their defeat Joy came at first to the French when the Liberation finally came yet it soon turned to hatred and vengeance There was hatred to those that had helped the Germans succeed and also for those that allied with the Germans These people were labeled collaborators Even men and women that were seen with Germans were hated They were tracked down and even arrested Some were even attacked and worse killed Berthe A was the director of laboratory research in the Faculty of Science at the University of Toulouse On the twenty-second of August in 1944 at about three oclock according to Berthe someone knocked on her door and soon enough Berthe was arrested Of those that were arrested many did not know why
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