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Les Parisiennes : how the women of Paris lived, loved, and died under Nazi occupation / Anne Sebba.

Sebba, Anne author. (Author).
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Schricker Main Library 305.4094 SEB (Text) 30032010685037 NEW ADULT Checked out 11/04/2016
West Lafayette Public Library - West Lafayette 305.40944 SEB (Text) 31951004154685 Main Floor - New Arrivals In process -

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  • ISBN: 9781250048592 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1250048591 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: xxii, 457 pages : color & black and white photographs ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.

Content descriptions

General Note: "First published in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue: Les Parisiennes -- PART ONE: WAR -- 1939 : Paris on the Edge -- 1940 : Paris Abandoned -- 1941 : Paris Divided -- 1942 : Paris Ravaged -- 1943: Paris Trembles -- 1944 (first half) : Paris Awaits -- PART TWO: LIBERATION -- 1944 (second half) : Paris Shorn -- 1945 : Paris Returns -- 1946 : Paris Adjusts -- PART THREE: RECONSTRUCTION -- 1947 : Paris Looks Newish -- 1948-1949 : Paris Americanized -- Epilogue: Peacetime Paris : Some Beginnings and Some Endings -- Cast List.
Summary, etc.: "What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation and secrets until--finally--renewal and retribution. Even at the darkest moments of Occupation, with the Swastika flying from the Eiffel Tower and pet dogs abandoned howling on the streets, glamour was ever present. French women wore lipstick. Why? It was women more than men who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis--perhaps selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, Anne Sebba shows that women made life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed to survive. Her fascinating cast of characters includes both native Parisian women and those living in Paris temporarily--American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, and fashion and jewellery designers. Some women, like the heiress Béatrice de Camondo or novelist Irène Némirovsky, converted to Catholicism; others like lesbian racing driver Violette Morris embraced the Nazi philosophy; only a handful, like Coco Chanel, retreated to the Ritz with a German lover. A young medical student, Anne Spoerry, gave lethal injections to camp inmates one minute but was also known to have saved the lives of Jews. But this is not just a book about wartime. In enthralling detail Sebba explores the aftershock of the Second World War and the choices demanded. How did the women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is a fascinating account of the lives of people of the city and, specifically, in this most feminine of cities, its women and young girls"--From publisher's website.
Subject: Women > France > Paris > History > 20th century.
Women > France > Paris > Biography.
Paris (France) > Politics and government > 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 > Social aspects > France > Paris.
World War, 1939-1945 > Influence
HISTORY / Europe / France
Paris (France) > History > 1940-1944
France > History > German occupation, 1940-1945
Paris (France) > Biography.
Paris (France) > Social conditions > 20th century.

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