Michael D. Sibalis On 26 April 2001, toward the end of a long speech given at the dedication of a plaque in memory of Georges Morin, a member of the French Resistance during the 1940 â 44 German occupation, the French prime minister, Lionel Jospin, made a remark that took his audience by surprise: âIt is important that our country fully recognize the persecutions perpetrated during the Occupation against certain minorities, [whether] the Spanish refugees, the Gypsies, or the homosexuals.â1 With this one sentence Jospin thrust into the news an issue that had been of little interest to anyone besides French gay activists, who had been demanding ofï¬cial recognition for almost three decades. In addition, only three weeks earlier, on 6 April 2001, a representative of the French secretary of state for veteransâ affairs had received a delegation of gay activists and promised them that the government would set up a historical commission to investigate fully the fate of French homosexuals during World War II. As the secretary of state himself later put it: âWe have decided for the time being to undertake a historical study in order to make a record of those men and women who
GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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