When Paris Went Dark

When Paris Went Dark

The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Describes life in Paris after June 1940, when the Nazis occupied France, juxtaposing the eerie sense of normalcy felt by many Parisians with the passion of the strong resistance movement that rose around Charles de Gaulle.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316217446
Characteristics: xxxii, 447 pages : illustrations, maps


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Jul 04, 2018

As an avid reader of WWII history, I am always happy to find a book with a unique perspective. I loved "Last Hope Island " and enjoyed this in depth look at the occupation of Paris, 1940 to 1945. Paris is / was unique for many reasons. There was no battle to take Paris as was the case for Oslo, Warsaw, and other European capitals. The Nazis quietly walked in and took over. The French army was already defeated and on the way to POW camps. The issue of what makes the difference between compliance with Nazi law and corroboration plagued the city for 5 years. When the Jews were arrested and sent to Drancy and ultimately to concentration camps, the Germans did not perform the "round-up" the French police did. Some Parisians protected the vulnerable and helped Allied pilots get out or Europe; some betrayed and denounced them. When the women who "corroborated horizontally" had their heads shaved after the end of occupation, the same did not happen to the prostitutes. They were simply conducting business. When I was last in Paris I was told as a joke that every French man over a certain age was in the resistance. This was obviously not the case. The communists who were ultimately the most organized of the resistance were at first put on the sidelines by the pact of non-aggression between Hitler and Stalin. The Vichy government was the puppet of the Nazis. This book looks at the fear, shame, anger, and helplessness that characterized the citizens of Paris for 5 years. Many Parisians did not know exactly how to feel about their country, their government and themselves. I highly recommend this book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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