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Who Turned Out the Lights?

Stein Tønnesson

in Vietnam 1946

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520256026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520256026.003.0007
Who Turned Out the Lights?

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In the units of the French civilians, for many, many hours, their electricity and water supply were cut off, and then the Vietnamese assaulted the French civilians in their private houses and took some 200 hostages. Many civilians had been armed by the Sûreté, and some of them are burned or harmed in horrible ways. These extremes were exploited to the maximum by French propaganda, which depicted Ho and Giap as directly responsible for the murder of French citizens. The Hanoi killings pushed the French myth of a generic Far Eastern racist savagery, which had found expression in the Japanese execution of all the French survivors after the battle for Langson on March 11, 1945, the rampage at the Cité Héraud in Saigon on September 24, 1945, where 120 Frenchmen were killed, and now the atrocities in Hanoi.

Keywords: Hanoi; killings; racist; savagery; French; civilians; Vietnamese; propaganda

Chapter.  16684 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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