France's Occupation Costs and the War in the East: The Contribution to the German War Economy, 1940–4

  title={France's Occupation Costs and the War in the East: The Contribution to the German War Economy, 1940–4},
  author={Marcel Boldorf and Jonas Scherner},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={291 - 316}
This article analyses how Nazi Germany exploited France, which – from an economic point of view – was the most important occupied country during the Second World War. We can show that, in contrast to the conventional wisdom, there was no clear-cut caesura in Germany’s policy of exploiting occupied France – not in the extent of the exploitation in real terms or in the kind of policy toward occupation funds. Although the war in the East and preparations for the invasion made it necessary for… Expand
5 Citations

Tables from this paper

‘Cooperation on a purely matter-of-fact basis’: the Norwegian central bank and its relationship to the German supervisory authority during the occupation, 1940–1945
Recent publications have addressed the issue of the financial contribution of occupied countries to the German war economy from 1939 until 1945. Occupied countries contributed between 25 and 30% ofExpand
The Politics of Industrial Collaboration during World War II: Ford France, Vichy and Nazi Germany
Preface List of abbreviations Introduction 1. Ford SAF: 1929-40 2. The initial struggle for control: 1940-1 3. A year of transition: 1942 4. A period of decision: the first half of 1943 5. The extentExpand


Der Mythos vom
  • Der Lebensstandard der deutschen Bevo¨lkerung im Zweiten Weltkrieg', Vierteljahrshefte fu¨r Zeitgeschichte
  • 2010
Die vielen Rechenfehler in der Abrechnung Go¨tz Alys mit den Deutschen unter dem NS-Regime', Sozial.Geschichte, Zeitschrift fu¨r historische Analyse des 20
  • 2005
His main research interests include the exploitation of occupied Europe during Nazi rule, the causes of productivity growth of German armament producers during the Second World War
  • 2001
His research interests include the industrialisation of European regions, the social and economic history of Vichy France, and the change in European economic elites after 1945
  • Sozialfu¨rsorge in der SBZ/DDR 1945-1953. Ursachen, Ausmaß und Bewa¨ltigung der Nachkriegsarmut
  • 1998
Schwerin von Krosigk
  • 1977
The strain on German currency through increased prices abroad and clearing debts
  • 1942
Some months earlier, Go¨ring had wished that strong inflation might occur in France
  • 1941
37/1. Letter of Jacques Barnaud to Pierre Laval
    BArch R 2/14552, RFM note to the files
      BArch R 2/14553, Four Year Plan Offices to MBF on the RKK vouchers