By Ronald C. Rosbottom
The spellbinding and revealing chronicle of Nazi-occupied Paris.
On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and approximately abandoned Paris. 8 days later, France authorized a humiliating defeat and international career. for this reason, an eerie experience of normalcy settled over town of sunshine. Many Parisians keenly tailored themselves to the situation-even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. whilst, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose. Parisians of all stripes-Jews, immigrants, kids, communists, rightists, cultural icons equivalent to Colette, de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre, in addition to law enforcement officials, academics, scholars, and shop owners-rallied round a bit identified French army officer, Charles de Gaulle.
WHEN PARIS WENT darkish conjures up with lovely precision the aspect of lifestyle in a urban less than profession, and the courageous those that fought opposed to the darkness.
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When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. Rosbottom