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"The Morality of Collaboration"

Course of Our Times, Series II

VHS; U-Matic; 16mm film


Program Number

Date Aired
ca. 1970

30 min.

One of the most tormenting problems of WWII was the actions of the collaborators, the men who either opportunistically joined forces with the enemies or reluctantly, through coercion, cooperated with them. In this chapter we go down into the underworld of the war to analyze the psychological pressures that influenced the actions of Quisling in Norway, Petain, Lavel and Darlan in Vichy France, and Joyce, Mosley and Amery in England. The study is not merely dramatically absorbing; the actions of the collaborators, condemned by their countrymen as traitors, played a role long after the war was over, in a country like France, poisoning political and social life. How are such men to be judged? Suppose their sides had won out, as Gomulka did in Poland, or Tito did in Yugoslavia? It was Churchill's judgement that, "we ought to let them rest in peace, thankful that we have never had to face the trials under which they broke."

Recording Location
WGBH, Boston

1 VHS use copy [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 22]
2 U-Matic copies [In Sachar Personal Papers, Box 26]
4 16 mm films [All B&W; in Sachar Film Collection]