chapter  6
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‘Splendid isolation’? Aviation medicine in World War II


Collaboration with occupying forces, be it at the political or the scientifi c level, is always a delicate topic to deal with. Political sentiment furthers a rather onedimensional point of view, usually depicting the occupiers as greedy and ruthless misanthropes, while collaborators are even worse, since they add some scent of treachery to it. The occupied are regarded as rogue villains when they collaborate or honourable martyrs if they resist doing so. For the occupiers, the stance seems clear: they bag anything they can get their hands on, and are happy if scientists, engineers, or other highly educated people offer their collaboration voluntarily, even more so when they fi ll in the gaps of the occupiers.