Between Resistance and Collaboration: Popular Protest in by Lynne Taylor

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Given that the authorities were battling constantly to make extremely scarce resources stretch to meet the needs of the population, distinguishing the young and the very elderly from the working adult meant that resources could be even more effectively allocated. Miners continued to receive special supplementary rations, and now so did all heavy labourers (if they had been granted official recognition as such). Agricultural labourers also received special ration recognition, Economic Reconstruction 41 with their own regular ration category.

They requested that the French officials assist 28 Between Resistance and Collaboration them in their recruiting efforts by referring the unemployed to the German employment services. The French, reluctant to assist, collaborated only to the extent of providing office space and materials. By November, the Germans had become extremely frustrated. 28 In spite of increased pressure actively to recruit the unemployed for work in Germany, the French continued to refuse to cooperate. By November 1940, one can detect an important shift in German efforts to recruit French labour.

Such was the case with dairy products. Initially, in spite of the existence of a Comité de gestion laitier at the departmental level, the supply of milk and butter was left uncontrolled. By late May 1941, there were serious shortfalls. The deficit in milk was a serious problem because of the number of people (small children, pregnant and nursing mothers, the sick) for whom milk was an important part of their diet. The prefectoral authorities attempted to rectify the situation by imposing quotas upon the dairy farmers, requiring, initially, 3 litres of milk or 120 g of butter per dairy cow per day.

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