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Hitler’s Gift to France

Hitler’s Gift to France

The Return of the Remains of Napoleon II
November 2007
Trade Paperback · 250 Pages
$19.00 U.S. · $23.00 CAN
ISBN 9781929631674
Enigma Books


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In the dead of the winter of 1940, Hitler decided to return from its burial place in Vienna the ashes of Napoleon II, known as the “Aiglon,” the only son of the emperor Napoleon. The gesture was intended to win the support of the French people, but only managed to precipitate a political crisis at Vichy, where Marshal Pétain ordered the pro-German Deputy Prime Minister Pierre Laval arrested. Based on new research and previously unknown documents, the author, historian Georges Poisson, at last sheds light on an incident most historians—including Robert O. Paxton—have been at a loss to explain.

About the Authors

Georges Poisson is the author of Retour des cendres de Napoleon in 2004, and has been awarded the Academie Francaise prize and is a Commandeur of the Legion of Honor.