Remettre les corps en place à la Libération. Exhumations, identifications et transfers après 1944

Translated title of the contribution: Return the corpses back to order in Liberation’s France. Exhumations, Identifications and Transfers after 1944

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Abstract

As soon as the French territory was liberated, corpses of disappeared were searched and many exhumations took place. At least 70 000 cadavers were exhumed and reburied. This article describes those exhumations and proposes a categorisation of the corpses as they were defined at the time. Agents of these exhumations will then be described, with the recentralisation of decisions within the ministry of Veterans and the progressive intervention of traditional, judicial and forensic authorities in charge of corpses. Finally, interpretations of this vast phenomenon will be proposed mainly drawing a line from the post-WWI operations on corpses to the re-establishment of the Republic.
Translated title of the contributionReturn the corpses back to order in Liberation’s France. Exhumations, Identifications and Transfers after 1944
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)130-146
Number of pages16
JournalGuerres Mondiales et Conflits Contemporains
Volume2022/1
Issue number285
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • France - Liberation - Resistance - Exhumations

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