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Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Faÿ, and the Vichy Dilemma

Barbara Will


In 1941, the Jewish American writer and avant-garde icon Gertrude Stein embarked on one of the strangest intellectual projects of her life: translating for an American audience the speeches of Marshal Philippe Pétain, head of state for the collaborationist Vichy government. From 1941 to 1943, Stein translated thirty-two of Pétain's speeches, in which he outlined the Vichy policy barring Jews and other “foreign elements” from the public sphere while calling for France to reconcile with Nazi occupiers. This book pursues troubling questions: Why and under what circumstances would Stein undertake ... More

Keywords: Gertrude Stein, Marshal Philippe Pétain, Vichy government, France, Nazi, Bernard Faÿ, Vichy regime, French freemasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231152631
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Will, author
Dartmouth University