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Hitler's Vineyards (Hardback)

How the French Winemakers Collaborated with the Nazis

Military WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich

By Christophe Lucand
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526750716
Published: 4th November 2019


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During the Second World War, French wine was hardly a trivial product. Indeed, following the Fall of France, it proved to be one of the most valuable French commodities in the eyes of the Nazi leaders. In 1940, 'Weinführer' (official delegates and wine experts appointed by Berlin), were sent to all the wine regions of France to coordinate the most intense looting that the country had ever seen.

Alongside the very ambiguous relationship of the Vichy Regime and the collaboration of many French professionals with the occupiers, this immense programme of wine collection was a drama that many would prefer to forget. Now, more than seventy years after the end of the conflict, the time has come to tell the story of what really happened.

Following a meticulous investigation and relying exclusively on previously unpublished sources, Christophe Lucand reveals the history of the world of French wine that was subjected to the tests of war, occupation and of all the compromises this entails.

This is a book which took me by surprise; it is well written, a good read, and as dramatic as it is interesting.

The Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society, reviewed by Dr Adrian Greaves

A very sensitive area of WWII history that is told well and with sensitivity. The occupation of Europe by Nazi troops created many challenges and conflicts for the occupied population. – Highly Recommended.

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Exciting investigation.

France Magazine, March 2020

Fascinating. Detailed, well-written, and controversial, Lucand’s history of France and its wine during the Nazi Occupation is an unexpected treat.

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The Wine Economist

About Christophe Lucand

A specialist in the worlds of vine and wine, Christophe Lucand is an associate professor and doctor of history. He is a lecturer at the research university Sciences Po, in Paris, and the University Institute of Vine and Wine (Jules Guyot Institute), in Dijon. He is also a member of the UNESCO 'Culture & Traditions of Wine' at the University of Burgundy Franche-Comté.

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