Paris Brothels During WW2

From The Daily Mail (NSFW)

Most girls were so enamoured with the Aryan invaders that they went to great lengths to make them feel at home, including learning German, putting on performances of their favourite classical music, even dyeing their hair black to provide an exotic contrast to their predominantly blond customers.

Almost every night of the week was party night, with alcohol-fuelled orgies dominating social life at a time when the majority of the population had to abide by an 11pm to 5am curfew.

Even while the Holocaust was being extended to France’s sizeable Jewish community and Allied bombs rained down on suburban factories, the debauchery carried on.

‘It was a golden age for French brothels,’ says Buisson. ‘Many had been threatened with being shut down in less liberated days, but under the Nazis they were completely revived.’

After conquering France in the summer of 1940, the invaders turned out to be insatiable customers.

Wermacht and SS units commandeered no fewer than 22 well known brothels, turning them into establishments for the exclusive use of military staff and a few compliant French officials.

Military commanders set rates for the brothels, with nominal taxes being paid to the collaborating French authorities.

German medics examined the prostitutes three times each week to ensure there were no illnesses, with any outbreak of venereal disease considered an ‘act of sabotage’.

This followed in a Napoleonic tradition, as the French Emperor had ordered the registration and bi-weekly health inspection of all prostitutes in the early 19th century.

Napoleon, who was hugely admired by Hitler, had much to do with the early maisons closes which started to appear in Paris and other major cities at about the same time.

They had to be run by a woman, typically a former prostitute-turned-madam, and their outer appearance had to be ‘discreet’.