“Thiaroye 44”: a new documentary explores the 1944 massacre

Thousands of Senegalese soldiers fought for France against the Nazis during World War II. But on December 1, 1944, no less than 400 of them were murdered in cold blood: not by the Germans, but by the French forces alongside whom they fought.

The massacre was swept under the rug for decades, barring the victims and their loved ones from any form of closure or acknowledgment. The new documentary by Marie Thomas-Penette and François-Xavier Destors “Thiaroye 44” is one of the first to explore this dark chapter of France’s colonial past. The directors joined us for Perspective.

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