Saturday, December 03, 2016


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A French woman accused of collaborating with the Germans had her head shaved and swastikas painted on her face. Many French women who slept with German soldiers or officials received this or sometimes even harsher treatment at the hands of their countrymen as northern France was liberated in the summer of 1944. 
The act of shaving a womans head as punishment dates back to as far as biblical times. The Visigoths used the punishment in the Dark Ages and during the medieval era this was often used as a punishment for adultery as a woman’s long hair was a symbol of the feminine and a mark of beauty. Shaving a woman bald was one of the worst humiliations. I personally have a difficult time with these images. These women all had different stories. Many French women had husbands killed in the 1940 Battle of France and saw German soldiers as a way to support themselves in difficult times. Frenzied punishment without due process of law is never a good thing, even when done with good 

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