La politique antijuive de Vichy en Afrique occidentale française

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Discusses how the anti-Jewish policy of Vichy France was applied in French West-Africa, a territory with only 110 Jews. The racist Vichy laws, stipulating that all Jews be registered and barring them from civil service, were enforced with vigor; this approach, adopted by the governor general Pierre Boisson and his staff, appears absurd in light of the small number of Jews. Relates efforts by colleagues to find alternate employment for Léon Geismar, a Jew who was dismissed from an important position in the colonial administration. Concludes that the strict enforcement of the laws expressed bureaucratic fervor and obedience, not antisemitism. The Vichy laws were abolished in these colonies in the summer of 1943.
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalArchives Juives
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003


  • Holocaust
  • Jewish (1939-1945) -- France
  • Antisemitism -- Africa

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