Le Monde

The French newspaper Le Monde interviewed Raffael Scheck, Katz Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Paris. The interview, conducted in French, asked Scheck the question: why were there no black soldiers in the Free French division that liberated Paris? Scheck answered “that this division, which had become an armored division, was ‘whitened’ at the behest of the United States because American generals did not think that black French soldiers (who had been very prominent in the Free French armies in the beginning) could drive tanks. Moreover, the British authorities did not want any more black soldiers on their territory because they argued that there had been many incidents with black GIs,” Scheck reported via email. Watch the interview here.

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