Date Thesis Awarded


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Ronald Schechter

Committee Member

Giulia Pacini

Committee Member

Frederick C. Corney


This paper deals with recent court cases and business legislation taking place in the United States against the French National Railway Company (SNCF) for their collaborative activity during the Vichy Regime of World War II. This paper analyzes the results of viewing history and memory through the lens of judicial and business proceedings. I follow Henry Rousso's idea of forums of memory as a way to release history which in nature is traumatic; in this case collaborating with the Nazi Regime and aiding the Holocaust. Building on that this paper highlights the emerging business vector. Furthermore, I will analyze the international aspect of this controversy. The thesis primarily discusses the implications of using these vectors, their results for the parties in question and their results for the study of history.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.