Hitler's African Victims
The German Army Massacres of Black French Soldiers in 1940
By Raffael Schek
[pounds sterling]35.00 Cambridge University Press
During its campaign against France in 1940, the German army massacred several thousand black POWs belonging to units drafted in France's West African colonies. This book for the first time documents these war crimes on the basis of extensive research in French and German archives. A massive Nazi propaganda offensive approved by Hitler, reviving traditional images of black soldiers as mutilating savages, formed the background for the massacres.
The book shows, however, that the treatment of black French prisoners of war was highly inconsistent and that abuses were often triggered by certain combat situations. It...