Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944

Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944

When the German army marched into Paris on June 14, 1940, approximately 5,000 Americans remained in Paris. They had refused or been unable to leave for many different reasons; their actions during the course of the German occupation would prove to be just as varied. Glass interweaves the experiences of some of the individuals who belonged to this unique colony of American expatriates living in Paris. Among the stories highlighted are those of Charles Bedaux, an American millionaire determined to carry on with his business affairs as usual; Sylvia Beach, owner of the famous English-language bookstore Shakespeare & Company; Clara Longworth de Chambrun, patroness of the American Library in Paris and distantly related to FDR; and Dr. Sumner Jackson, the American Hospital’s chief surgeon. These fascinating tales reflect the complicated network of choices—passive compromise, outright collaboration, patient retreat, and active resistance—that existed for Americans caught in the German web.

Title:Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780007228539
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    Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944 Reviews

  • Tim

    Charles Glass gives us a splendidly well-researched biography of several Americans caught up in Paris during the Nazi occupation of which three occupy centre stage – Sylvia Beach, owner of the Shake...

  • Jason Koivu

    This is the story of Americans and part-Americans in Paris, as well as in Europe in general, during WWII, not to mention leading up to the war, and in some cases well before the war.Was that a clunky ...

  • Barbara

    What a fascinating book! I loved reading about Sylvia Beach. For some reason, I'd always thought she was British, so was surprised to discover she was an American. I had no idea that she'd been in a G...

  • Gabrielle

    An excellent account of historical events occurring in one of the cultural capitals of the world during one of the most intriguing, confusing, and disturbing periods of modern history. Glass uses an e...

  • Erik Graff

    Approximately 2000 citizens of the United States maintained residence in Paris and its suburbs during WWII. This is an account of some of them and of the American institutions, most particularly the A...

  • Lori

    Loving all things Paris in the early 20th Century, I was really looking forward to reading this book. While the book attempts to focus upon certain key individuals during the occupation, I was never a...

  • Dara

    This is a sort of uneven read -- there are parts that are thrilling and fascinating, but long sections that are quite dry. The book focuses on a relatively large number of individuals, and I'm not sur...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    This is the engrossing story of those 2,000+ Americans who found a home in Paris and either refused to leave when the Nazis occupied the city or waited too late to escape. The author concentrates on a...

  • Elizabeth

    I really tried. I really wanted to like this book. I’d heard such great things about it, what with the praise from the Sunday Times, the New York Times and the Daily Telegraph. It’s even right up ...

  • Sarah

    I found this book a mixed bag of good and not-so-good. There was a lot of information presented that was new to me. I found myself engrossed into the lives of Americans in Nazi-Occupied France and in ...