FRANCE: At Charfres

In the middle of the courtyard was a growing pile of grey and blondined hair. At the Chartres police station patriots were shaving the heads of women collaborationists. There were old ones who had operated black markets. There were young, blowsy ones who had sold themselves to the Germans. The women, their shaved heads bowed, were lined up against a wall.

Every once in a while the crowd would boo as more women, with expressionless faces, were hustled in to be shaved.

Said a girl from the Resistance: "It is cruel and unnecessary. They are soldiers' women, and tomorrow they will...

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