The French's policy of assimilation was related to WWI, in the fact that they don't want a repeat of what had occurred back then. That they wouldn't discriminate against anyone who has been their for at least 2-3 generations, so that there wouldn't be any more helping with genocides. That there also was many different "private wars" in France, when it was under the Vichy Government, or when it wasn't France. The fact that racism was present back then, and still has a strong hold on it to this day. Also made them want to assimilate, to help keep the peace. Along with the fact, that many of the women who were persecuted by their own countrymen, were being persecuted by the ones who were actually doing the crimes which they were persecuted for. Rubbed France the wrong way, which they always remind themselves of in order to avoid a repeat. So, that they could be united to face against opposition when the time arises. Compared to back then, where there were many different perspectives on the war. Causing many splits, discriminations, executions, etc. That they would always remember, and to never forget, and so that it would never repeat.
I like your wording in this response, how the French are so focused on assimilation because they want to 'keep the peace' and prevent the atrocities of WWII from happening again. I think this is a good idea-- after any major man-made catastrophe, there is always a push for everyone to remember those who did not survive and to show support so a similar situation does not occur again. Few people actually do anything about it (for an array of reasons), and I think France had a good mindset with their assimilation policy in that sense.
Some of the French are struggling with terms of what really has happened in event s that shape French today. One of the reasons behind is the policy of Assimilation which has to happen during generations of violence especially World War II. Unlike where other countries fear the Nazi, The French, however, fear the Soviet Union. When the nazi invaded Poland, they soon declare war along with Britain to fight off the nazi. Some of this event s during World War II with French helped shape the culture of French. Like the signing of Armistice with Germany which help split Germany into four different sections of the country. French own about 40 percent of the German land during that time. As things move on, the unexpected happens when Petain was very conservative and authoritarian. He believes that France has defeated Germany to become a socialist country. Many historians believe that petain was playing the double jeu with the Germans while France is preparing a revenge on German for what they have done to them during World war II. Some of the accounts occur during the 1940s where they sent thousands of officers to France to annihilate the jews for dominance power of the Nazis. For this very day, French is very resisted to Nazi Germany before the signing of the Armistice. This is why we have this history of these events. France themselves still had a lot of bad memories and they tend to not let go of the past. Especially World War II when they went in to prevent white domination.
In chapter 7, France’s experience with World War II is discussed, and the question of whether or not France is anti-Semitic is explored. This chapter also explains France’s assimilation policy, and this policy is certainly related to the role that France played in WWII. As discussed at the end of the chapter, France’s assimilation policy relies on the image of unification. In France, “citizens would no longer be said to have a religion, skin color, or even an ethnic origin” (Barlow and Benoît 99). All French citizens are French, and any other information that might suggest otherwise (such as records of religion and ethnicity, information that would typically be retrieved by the census) is not to be kept by the government. This certainly ties into France’s experience with World War II: the information that is now kept private was once abused by those who had access to it. In WWII, the French government was pretty much responsible for the exportation and eventual deaths of thousands of French citizens. This was when such information about citizens was kept track of. Because the government had this information about their citizens, it was easier for it to fall into the wrong hands. Now, the French are almost over-compensating for that-- they are eradicating any need for individuals to be identified by that information. As the authors point out, this does not completely get rid of racism, but it surely is a huge leap from where things used to be. Before this reading, I really had a low baseline of knowledge of France’s experience with wars, much less WWII. History has never been a strong point for me and I have always ended up feeling sick to my stomach while learning about the cruel things humans are capable of doing to each other just because they think their opinion is correct. This reading was educational for me, but probably something that I do not want to continue to learn about for that reason.
The French's policy of assimilation had a big impact on their role in world war two. Today in France the government has no knowledge of your religion, gender or sexuality this should have been how it was back during the time of world war two but it wasn't and the citizens information got leaked into the wrong hands it would severely cost them. The leaked information cost the lives of many innocent French people who did nothing wrong. The French government learned their lesson and have changed their ways so another incident like this does not occur. The French had a hard enough time in the war because they did not have as strong as a army as Germany or The USSR so they sold out and gave away information of their own people.