In the late s, as more and more young Germans were joining that famous fighting force, the German press was violently attacking it, and the Nazi government demanded that recruiting be stopped. Ina professional hypnotist named Albert Zagula was actually arrested in Karlsruhe and charged with the offense. Still the Germans kept joining—until half the privates and 80 percent of the noncommissioned officers in the Legion were German.
Were they motivated by anti-Semitism or were they simply bullied by the Nazis? Today, are the French ashamed by their actions? Some French people cooperated willingly with the German forces.
Your title is far too much of a generalisation. But maybe one percent of heir time was spent on it, and as their power grew, they took advantage of their power as occupiers to encourage others to act on antisemitic feelings that in the beginning were minor at best and to reward those who became more overt.
It was just one part of a massive campaign to grab power and silence any opposition. If you look at who was in the camps and when, the initial inmates were those who opposed the Nazis politically in any way -- Commies, Labor types, radical priests and leftist Lutherans.
Jews as Jews were targeted for boycotts, but it was many years before Kristalnacht, and many years after that before enforced ghettos grew into Auschwitz and Dachau. And even those were more about forced labor in the beginning rather than the Final Solution.
The French power structure saw the German roundups and harassment of their Jews as a silver lining of Nazi occupation -- something they would not have overtly encouraged or involved themselves in, but something they did not see worth protesting. In the beginning, the Foreign Legion was used in the roundups, not the French Army, although the French police were involved.
This is not true. The French refused to deport Jews who were French citizens. The only Jews they allowed to be deported were foreign nationals. France was divided into occupied and unoccupied areas. The rationalization for establishing the Vichy government was that the alternative was complete occupation by the Germans.
Here are few corrections. Catholics and Lutherans were never a subject of systematic persecution by the Nazis.
The Catholic Church collaborated with the Nazis from the beginning of its rise to power. It was signed by Cardinal Pacelli who later became Pope Pius. With it the Catholic Center party withdrew all opposition to the Nazi Party. Generally, German Protestants also supported the Nazi party.
Gay men were among the first arrested and sent to labor camps, where they were worked to death. While efficient large scale death camps like Auschwitz and Dachau came later in the war, systematic arrests and execution of Jews began much earlier. Beginning inthe German government enacted a series of anti-Jewish laws restricting the rights of German Jews to earn a living, to enjoy full citizenship and to educate themselves, including the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service, which forbade Jews to work in the civil service.The French Foreign Legion is commonly portrayed in literature as a refuge for the wronged, as well as scoundrels and fugitives from justice.
Several versions of Beau Geste, for example, have exploited this theme to dramatic effect. At ærst the intelligence ofæcers at the headquarters of the French Foreign Legion in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, were puzzled.
The Legion had always had a large complement of Germans in its ranks, but now, in spite of the Nazis’ widespread campaign to discourage Germans from enlisting, even larger numbers were pouring in.
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