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The article that this paper will be based and discussed upon is titled Berthesprison diary written by Hanna Diamond Berthes prison diary can be found in theAugust 1999 issue of History Today volume 49 pages 43-49 During World War II itwas known that many people suffered People suffered from the casualties of warsuffered because of their class but especially because of their race The group to sufferthe most were the Jewish Over 6 million were killed because of no crime but because oftheir race Berthes prison diary is about a woman named Berthe A and her experiencein the French prisons for collaborators Besides Berthes personal experience in prisonthrough her diary we also get accounts on how the other people were treatedFrance gets invaded on May 10 1940 by the Nazis On June 22 1940 Francesigns treay of peace with the Nazis Paris is liberated on August 25 1944 The settingbegins 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 TheGermans had finally left Toulouse after their defeat Joy came at first to the French whenthe Liberation finally came yet it soon turned to hatred and vengeance There washatred to those that had helped the Germans succeed and also for those that allied with theGermans These people were labeled collaborators Even men and women that wereseen with Germans were hated They were tracked down and even arrested Some wereBerthe A was the director of laboratory research in the Faculty of Science at theUniversity of Toulouse On the twenty-second of August in 1944 at about three oclockaccording to Berthe someone knocked on her door and soon enough Berthe wasarrested Of those that were arrested many did not know why they were arrested or whatwas happening to them It is only later that Berthe finds out that she was arrested becauseshe was accused of being a collaborator
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