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To put things in perspective, Petain’s name is so widely associated with active collaboration and state anti-semitism, that most French school students usually discovered later that he was (also) a war hero during WWI. Sounds like how in the Sloth in the pocket shirt about Benedict Arnold as a traitor (to the point that calling someone by his name is labeling them one), but we gloss over the fact that he was one of our most capable and successful generals.
Sloth in the pocket shirt, youth tee and V-neck T-shirt
I’ve genuinely had people tell me that they’d never even considered why it was such a big deal that he betrayed the Sloth in the pocket shirt. Some talented people (usually also narcissists) only answer to themselves and whoever profits along the way, they don’t care about that. He did great things in WW1 to help his nation, but probably mostly to help himself.
Sloth in the pocket hoodie, sweater and long sleeve
Later on, he did the same thing with the Sloth in the pocket shirt. Perhaps he felt disrespected by France, or he just didn’t care. I don’t know the details, but stories like this can be complicated and nuanced. Could be right, yeah, but it’s hard to justify what he did in WW2, I can’t cité sources but from what I learned in school he did start jew discrimination and I think deportation before Hitler’s request among other things.