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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Occupied Paris

Back in September, the British newspaper, the Daily Mail, ran an online feature, "Paris through a Nazi's lens: Propaganda pictures of Occupied France taken by photographer ordered to prove city was thriving under German rule." It contains pages and pages of color photos, such as this one, of the city and its inhabitants:

Paris may have been bustling, but it was not necessarily a happy or safe place. One novel that shows the other side of the city during the war is Trapeze by Simon Mawer [F MAW, also AB/CD MAW]. It is the story of a young British woman who is trained as a spy and sent to France, and then to Paris.
The danger of Paris is a cancer within you, invisible, imponderable, and probably incurable.
A great read! I recommend it highly.

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