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Morality in the Resistance: overview through "Your Name is Renee: Ruth Kapp Hartz’s Story as a Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France", by Stacy Cretzmeyer

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  1. Introduction
  2. The focus of the biography
  3. Fitting into the context of Vichy France
  4. Deption of Vichy politics
  5. The sacrifices various Resistance members made
  6. The role of religion in the Resistance
  7. Participants form Vichy France and occupied France
  8. Conclusion
  9. Bibliography

The 1940's will forever remain a significant period in French history. It was during this time that World War II occurred and Germany managed to take over three-fifths of mainland France. The remaining land became known as Vichy France. With such a strong a German presence and influence, even in Vichy France, all of France's Jewish community was forced into hiding, to escape deportation and execution. The biography, Your Name is Renee: Ruth Kapp Hartz's Story as a Hidden Child in Nazi-Occupied France, by Stacy Cretzmeyer, is the story of a Jewish family who escaped from occupied France to Vichy France and managed to hide and escape deportation for the duration of the war.

[...] Through the biography Your Name is Renee: Ruth Kapp Hartz's Story as Hidden Child in Nazi Occupied France, we are able to see and understand how the need to uphold moral values could have been a motivating factor in the Resistance. Many members of the Resistance did not know why they did what they did. For this reason I believe morals motivated them to act. To stand by and watch innocent people be persecuted is just as immoral as participating in the persecution. [...]

[...] To know that Vichy government played a huge role in the deportation of Jews in France, yet the Kapp family still managed to survive, makes the Kapp story a truly remarkable and exceptional one. It is remarkable how the family managed to hide for the duration of the war barely avoiding capture many times. It is exceptional because many Jewish families were not fortunate enough to have the entire immediate family avoid capture or deportation. This is proven towards the end of the biography when Ruth notices there are no other families on the train heading to Paris. [...]

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