Les Parisiennes : How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s
by Anne Sebba
Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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VAINQUEUR DE LA FRANCO-BRITISH SOCIETY AWARD BOOK 2016June, 1940German troops enter Paris and raise the swastika on the Arc de Triomphe.The dark days of the Occupation to beginHow did you surviveBy collaborating with the Nazis, or risking the lives of you and your loved ones to resistThe women of Paris faced with this dilemma, every day, whether the choice between food and black market, or travel in the Metro, where a German soldier who had priority for a siegeBetween the two extremes of mistrust and collusion was a great moral grey zone that all Parisian women had to navigate in order to survive.Anne Sebba has researched and interviewed dozens of women, and brings us her unforgettable testimonials.His fascinating casting includes both native Parisian and temporary residents: Nazi American women and their wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, artists, fashion designers and aristocrats.The result is an exciting account of life during the Second World War and in the years of recuperation and recriminations that followed the Liberation of Paris in 1944.It is a story of fear, deprivation and secrecy – and, as always in the French capital, glamour and determination.
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