Assistant Professor, Universität Freiburg; John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2014-2015, CES, Harvard University
April 15, 2015
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Since 1926 a group of influential French and German industrialists met to explore possibilities to organize business relations between the two countries in order to cope with the effects of the First World War. As a consequence private actors adopted tasks of public interest that also involved the questions of reparation payments, disarmament and establishing a European customs union. Some of these actors played an important role after the German occupation of France in 1940. Taking into account their ideas of organizing economic interests can shed new light on the goals and ambitions behind French collaboration in the Second World War.