July 21, 2010

paying the penalty


She was a French girl, her head shaved by her fellow countrymen to mark her for sleeping with a German. Did she have a choice? Was she wined and dined into traitorous romance, or was she threatened and bullied into it?

Montelimar area, France
1944
from The National Archives

8 comments:

(OvO) said...

I always wonder about the very same thing when I see photos like this. . .

May said...

She's so pretty. She looks a little like Rachel, don't you think?
Do you suppose the guy holding her chin up is doing so because she resisted, or so she couldn't hide her face for the picture? Or maybe just to increase her shame.

downtown guy said...

She does look a little like Rachel.

As for the guy holding up her chin, well, he's French, so it sort of looks like he's just checking to make sure the haircut looks nice.

Ms. Moon said...

Maybe she fell in love. Whatever. She is beautiful.

downtown guy said...

She seems resigned.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I don't know, but she's a goddamn knockout.

ElizabethLynn said...

Whatever led up to that day, I'll bet she was one tough cookie. Look at her casual hand and defiant lipstick.

downtown guy said...

I wonder if she is still around.