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Jean-Philippe Charbonnier : The death of a man


“In the small town of Vienne, Isère, in September 1944, a collaborator by the name of Nitard was sentenced to death. I had to photograph his execution. He was not a great spy, just a bugger who had worked as a jack-of-all-trade or secretary in the German administration, presumably for the Gestapo. But we have not forgotten that, in the first days of the Liberation, the excitement was violent against the collaborators, big or small. We also remembered that the really dangerous collaborators were not easy to catch and that the small fry often paid for their former bosses. The...

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