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Bronzes to bullets : Vichy and the destruction of French public statuary, 1941-1944

Author: Kirrily Freeman
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Details the process between October 1941 and August 1944 whereby French cities, towns, and villages lost most of their public bronze statuary. Conservative estimates are between 1,527 and 1,750 decorative and commemorative monuments in the public domain were removed and destroyed to foster German munitions factories for Hitler's war machines. War memorials and monuments on church property are excluded in this study.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kirrily Freeman
ISBN: 9780804758895 0804758891
OCLC Number: 225875959
Description: xv, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The economics of exploitation --
"An important source of metal" : the context of Vichy's metal "mobilization" --
"The union of art and industry" : Vichy's bronze "mobilization" campaign --
The politics of patrimony --
"The expression of us all, young and old" : public perceptions of the bronze mobilization campaign --
"Pedestals dedicated to absence" : the symbolic impact of the bronze mobilization campaign --
Conclusion : "the 'Saint-Bartholomew' of statues"? : the bronze mobilization campaign in French memory and historiography.
Responsibility: Kirrily Freeman.
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Bronzes to Bullets tells the story of French statues and monuments that were melted down and shipped to Nazi munitions factories during the Second World War.  Read more...

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