Parliamentarians ask to integrate the history of conscripts into school textbooks

The Alsatian and Moselle parliamentarians of the presidential majority asked, in a press release published on November 10, that the history of the conscripts by force in the German army during the Second World War be integrated into school textbooks.

More than 130,000… This is the number of Alsatians and Mosellens who were forcibly incorporated into the German regular army during the Second World War (1939-1945). All the parliamentarians of the presidential majority in Alsace and Moselle request, in a letter addressed to the Minister of National Education and Youth, Pap Ndiaye, that this part of the history of France be integrated into school textbooks .

On August 25 and 29, 1942, the Wagner and Bürckel decrees were issued by the Nazi regime and introduced compulsory military service for all young people Alsatian and Moselle. The latter will then be forcibly incorporated into the German army. In Alsace, more than 100,000 men will leave for the front. On the Moselle side, they will be around 30,000. Women have also been forced to take part in the war effort on the enemy side. They numbered 15,000.

For fear that they would desert and do not want to fight against their own country, France, the Alsatians and Mosellens will be sent, in their great majority, to the Russian front. 30,000 of them will die in combat, 10,000 will be missing and 30,000 others will return wounded or disabled.

Returning to France at the end of the war, many of them did not speak, for fear of reprisals. Several women, having been forcibly incorporated into the structures of the Third Reich, were welcomed as traitors in the eyes of the French.

The Alsatian and Moselle parliamentarians of the presidential majority group have therefore been working for several weeks on a joint request to integrate the history of the incorporated into history textbooks. “This is a subject that our fellow citizens in the region share with us and which remains too often unknown on national territory.“, says Louise Morel, MoDem deputy for the 6th district of Bas-Rhin.

In total, 16 MPs signed the letter addressed to the Minister ofEducation national. “We haven’t heard back yet, but we’re hopeful“, she says. The Alsatian deputy recalls that the incorporated forces were recognized in 2010 in a speech by the former President of the Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, but that it is now necessary “transmit their memory“.

In the Donbass, there are Ukrainians who are forcibly incorporated into the Russian army. These are recurring events.

Louise Morel, MoDem MP for the 6th constituency of Bas-Rhin

Louise Morel also recalls that similar events are currently taking place in Ukraine: “In the Donbass, for example, there are Ukrainians who are forcibly incorporated into the Russian army. These are recurring events.“Events that motivate these deputies even more to teach about the tragedy that took place in their region 80 years ago.

To accompany their letter, the parliamentarians have attached the entire play “The stork has only one head” written by the Strasbourg director Igor Futterer. It tells the tragedy of Alsace-Moselle occupied by Nazi Germany.

Parliamentarians ask to integrate the history of conscripts into school textbooks