FRANCE: The Way of Collaboration

Otto Abetz helped found the Hitler Jugend, served as private secretary to Joachim von Ribbentrop, then in 1935 began a good-will job in France. Some Frenchmen found him an engaging fellow: he had an open, freckled face and an open, franc-lined pocket. He praised pacifism, whacked warmongers, made friends & influenced people, including pretty, pout-mouthed cinemastarlet Corinne Luchaire. In 1939 the government unmasked Otto Abetz as the chief fifth columnist in France, packed him off to Germany.

Otto Abetz came back in 1940 as Ambassador to Vichy. He mended torn contacts, brought...

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