Keywords: franco german collaboration Analyse the depiction of Franco-German collaboration in the brief history 'Le Silence de la mer'. How effective is it in contesting the imagery and ideals of collaboration? The imagery and ideals (and indeed questions on the authenticity) regarding Franco-German collaboration are identified and presented through method of a German soldier's changeover from ignorance to knowledge. At the start of the story Werner von Ebrennac is idealistic, almost delusional, in his point of view on the German job. Towards the final 'episodes' of the storyplot, however, an austere sense of darkness and truth pervades as he goes through a change in his view which straight results from the revelations he encounters in Paris.