Jean-Pierre Azéma

Jean-Pierre Azéma, born in 1937, is a French historian. Azéma is the son of the Réunionese poet Jean-Henri Azéma. Jean-Henri was a collaborator with the black-shirted Milice during the occupation of France, and lived in exile in South America after the war. He is a member of the scientific counsel for the Institut François Mitterrand, an organisation founded by François Mitterrand with the goal of "contributing to the propagation of knowledge on the political and social history of modern France". He supported Ségolène Royal. Azéma is the author of several prominent historical works, making him somewhat an authority amongst France's historians. A specialist of World War II, and more specifically of the Vichy Regime and the French Resistance, Jean-Pierre Azéma is a university lecturer and teaches history at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris. He was also one of the historians called as witness for the trial of Maurice Papon, (alongside Marc-Olivier Baruch, Robert O. Paxton and Philippe Burrin). He is also one of the authors of the film L’Œil de Vichy (The eye of Vichy) by Claude Chabrol. He attended the Conférence organiséd on the 60th anniversary of the death of Jean Moulin.

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