Anne Sebba has the nearly miraculous gift of combining the vivid intimacy of the lives of women during The Occupation with the history of the time This is a remarkable book Edmund de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of The Hare with the Amber EyesIn Les Parisiennes, New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba explores a devastating period in Paris s history and tells the stories of how women survived or didn t during the Nazi occupation.Paris in the 1940s was a place of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation, and secrets During the occupation, the swastika flew from the Eiffel Tower and danger lurked on every corner While Parisian men were either fighting at the front or captured and forced to work in German factories, the women of Paris were left behind where they would come face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis, as waitresses, shop assistants, or wives and mothers, increasingly desperate to find food to feed their families as hunger became part of everyday life.When the Nazis and the puppet Vichy regime began rounding up Jews to ship east to concentration camps, the full horror of the war was brought home and the choice between collaboration and resistance became unavoidable Sebba focuses on the role of women, many of whom faced life and death decisions every day After the war ended, there would be a fierce settling of accounts between those who made peace with or, worse, helped the occupiers and those who fought the Nazis in any way they could....
|Title||:||Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collaboration, and the Women of Paris Under Nazi Occupation|
|Publisher||:||St Martin s Griffin Reprint edition September 26, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
|File Size||:||897 KB|
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Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collaboration, and the Women of Paris Under Nazi Occupation Reviews
Other readers beat me to it when posting they thought they were buying a book about women in German-occupied Paris when it was a trudge through hundreds of snippets about people we never heard of. I pre-ordered this book months before it came out and was excited to finally read it.
I, too found this book, with a subject so promising, to be disappointing. It felt like a stack of note cards were arranged chronologically and rushed to the publisher. While the research is extensive, in that it contains a great deal of data, it provides no depth of the many characters nor any continuity of their circumstances. I agree with the previous reviewer that the subject matter would have been better served if fewer characters from a variety of circumstances had been presented in greater depth end and tracked throughout the war years, and post liberation.
Un livre excellent et une recherche impeccable. Le compte-rendu de la vie des femmes parisiennes pendant les Années Noires est saisissant. Un livre indispensable aux étudiants de cette période et à ceux qui s'intéressent à cette période de l'histoire.
This is a book about women and how they lived during the German occupation: women who had to manage families in this very difficult time, women who were part of the resistance, women who put their lives on the line for preservation of art, women who suffered terrible atrocities upon capture and at Ravensbruck and other concentration/labor camps, women who were entertainers, prostitutes, women who sometimes compromised in order to feed their children or survive. It provides a description of all the suffering during and after the war. The book highlights the heroism of women, all the different means that women undertook for family and for France, the various challenges they faced in living under the enemy, of trying to preserve the patrimony of homes and of France.