French collaborators’ names to go online


(JTA) — A list of French citizens who collaborated with the Nazis will be published online.

The files, which were hidden in cardboard boxes in the basement of the Paris police museum, include information passed on to the Nazis by Frenchmen who lived during the 1940-44 occupation. They include French police logs with details of every arrest, fine and interview, according to Britain’s The Telegraph.

The plan to make public the names of collaborators comes after last year’s ruling in France’s Supreme Court that French collaborators were not forced by the Nazis to betray their neighbors, but that it was done willingly, The Telegraph reported.

A 75-year gag order issued by the French postwar government protected the files. The files from 1940 will become public in 2015, with the rest of the documents becoming public over the next four years.

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