The Organisation Committees Between Collaboration and Resistance, 1941–1944

  • Luc-André Brunet
Part of the Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World book series (SCCCW)


This chapter examines the actions of the Organisation Committee for Steel (CORSID) and particularly its response to Vichy policies such as the Labour Charter, the deportation of French workers to Germany, and the Speer–Bichelonne agreement that envisaged French factories contributing to the German war economy. Based on previously unexploited archival sources, this chapter shows that CORSID went to great lengths to undermine any attempts to remove workers from French factories, while it welcomed initiatives that would allow factories to increase production for the Reich. It concludes that the industrialists running CORSID were guided primarily by business interests and that their actions must be seen as neither resistance nor collaboration.


France Vichy Industry Economy Organisation Committee Steel Labour Charter STO Speer-Bichelonne agreement resistance Collaboration 

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  • Luc-André Brunet
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  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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