Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation (2020)

Les Parisiennes How the Women of Paris Lived Loved and Died Under Nazi Occupation What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from to These were years of fear power aggression courage deprivation and secrets until finally renewal and retribution Even in the da
  • Title: Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation
  • Author: Anne Sebba
  • ISBN: 9781250048592
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation
    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 in the darkest moments of Occupation, glamour was ever present French women wore lipstick Why It was women who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis pWhat 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 in the darkest moments of Occupation, glamour was ever present French women wore lipstick Why It was women who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis perhaps selling them clothes or travelling alongside them on the metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats By looking at collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes, as well as teachers and writers, including American women and Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, fashion and jewellery designers Anne Sebba shows that women made life and death decisions every day, and, in an atmosphere where sex became currency, often did whatever they needed to survive Her fascinating cast 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 like the heiress B atrice Camondo or novelist Ir ne N mirovsky, 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.In enthralling detail Sebba explores the aftershock of the Second World War How did 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 the first in depth account of the everyday lives of women and young girls in this most feminine of cities.
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    1. A wide range and sweeping view of the many different women, many well known, who were in Paris immediately before, during and after the Nazi occupation Your enjoyment of this will depend on what you as the reader expect to get out of this book It is certainly well researched, in fact the last 20% of the book is footnotes and sources I found the huge amount of information as well as the large cast of people to be confusing and frustrating Different people do sometimes overlap but often many chapt [...]

    2. Subtitled, How the women of Paris lived, loved and died under Nazi Occupation, this looks at the years 1939 1949 with the focus firmly on the female citizens of that great city It begins in July 1939 with a society party, given by eighty one year old Elsie de Wolfe The US born interior decorator, married to a retired UK diplomat, gave legendary parties but this example demonstrates a sense of recklessness which prevailed at that time Yet, by the autumn, both France and England would be at war wi [...]

    3. THIS is how you write about history broad and deep Sebba s examination of the lives of French women mostly focussed around Parisians gives readers fascinating close ups into the horrifying challenges they faced during the war She does an incredible job with this I constantly paused the audiobook to look up the avalanche of information the author sent my way But even , I appreciate the brilliant job Sebba did setting the lives of those women and the impossible choices they had to make within the [...]

    4. This is an amazing feat of research The author gathers together the stories of a multitude of French women during WW2 There are probably at least twenty women here who merit a biography in their own right Some working for the resistance, some collaborating with the Nazis, others trying to carry on as if nothing had changed The problem I had with this book though is that no sooner had I become riveted by the story of one woman the narrative jumped to another Probably a fully detailed account of o [...]

    5. Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Do we really need yet another book about Paris during the Second World War I don t know the answer to that question We do need this book, however In the past few years, it seems that the role of women in war is getting attention and study, at least in popular culture Hopefully, Hollywood will catch up and instead of the fictional Charlotte Grey we will have a lavish movie about the real Marie Madeleine Fourcade, who also went by the [...]

    6. My only complaint about this book is that it could have been better organized Sebba tells the stories of so many people, one right after the other, often switching to a new person with each paragraph, that it s hard to keep track of them all But the writing is very good and the stories are so compelling that it hardly matters An excellent, well researched book for those who want to know what life was like for women living in Paris during the German occupation of World War II.

    7. C est tr s compliqu This is an utterly absorbing read as Sebba explores in minute and nuanced detail the lives of women during and after the Nazi Occupation of Paris Organised in a year by year chronology, this moves from the early German charm offensive German soldiers they were fantastic tall, tanned, Wagnerian to the gradual closing of the fist as, with the active collaboration of the Vichy government, Jews, r sistants, Allied spies and airmen, were rounded up, imprisoned, deported, interroga [...]

    8. If I could give this book ten stars, I would What a carefully woven picture of history we are given with Anne Sebba s remarkable book The research is meticulous and precise the lives we are drawn into are each a portrait in themselves I started 2016 with Ravensbruck, and that was another magnificent book of documentation This book stands aside that one and also A Train in Winter Essential reading to understand what happened in France during the Occupation Do not let yourself get sidetracked by t [...]

    9. Admittedly I have read extensively, both non fiction or history and fiction regarding the Nazi Occupation of Paris during WWII, but I have never read such a dramatic,well written and phenomenally researched history discourse on the lives of the women of France who resisted or collaborated, survived or were killed during the Occupation Anne Sebba has put together the stories of the famous, infamous and the many women who are barely remembered from this period and illuminates the complexity of liv [...]

    10. The lives lived by french women during the Nazi occupation of WW2, and wow, what lives they lived This book covers the stories of collaborators, those who collaborated in a big way and those who did so in a much smaller way, resistors and victims Paris had the whole gamut A fascinating read for anyone interested in this period, the book highlights the life of the times, as lived by the women of the times Incredibly brave women, sad women and greedy women are all portrayed vividly, the book draws [...]

    11. As this was an ARC from Bookbrowse the pictures which will be in the published edition were lacking and that is sad, for the captions of the empty spaces indicate that they will greatly enhance this story of the incredible women who lived through the German occupation of Paris and the rest of France during WW II There are places where the story drags and others where the story is repetitious but overall it is a fascinating story It begins in 1939 when the City becomes aware of the German threat [...]

    12. I received an Advance Reader s Copy of this book from Bookbrowse in return for a First Impressions review Anne Sebba s history of the German occupation of Paris, seen through the eyes of its women, has much to recommend it The book is extensively researched, using both primary and secondary sources, and covers the impact of the Paris Occupation by the Nazis from a variety of perspectives the social and artistic elite, the fashion community, collaborators, Resistance participants, Jews, mothers i [...]

    13. I am of the opinion that this is a book that needs to be read and not listened to I checked it out of the library on OverDrive three times and still had an hour left of listening How long does an Epilogue need to be This one was 1 1 2 2 hours worth of talking I noticed it still had 4 hours left and the war was over At any rate, I doubt that I will check it out again just to hear the last hour of the Epilogue, unless someone can tell me there is something fascinating or vital that I need to know [...]

    14. Beautifully written history of the courage of the women of Paris in the days leading up to WW2 and following through the days of the Marshall Plan The majority of books I m personally familiar with focus on one particular aspect of wartime France, such as the resistance, victims of the Nazis such as the Jews and other political religious groups, or the regular people just trying to survive This book combines every aspect of life in Paris and surrounding areas of France, bringing to life the terr [...]

    15. This book was extremely well researched It feels that no detail was left unused The book has a large cast of characters that makes the read intriguing as well as frustrating It is very difficult to keep all of the characters straight and at times I had to put the book down because I was frustrated with confusion I think that this book would work excellent in a women s studies or world history class in college I think the best way to utilize this book would be to dissect each character and which [...]

    16. I gave the book 4 stars, because I learned so much about the German Occupation of France during WWII There are so many fronts to that war, and the suffering is horrible at almost every angle The French were no exception, and it was fascinating to read about the different ways women worked to resist the German occupation of their country It was horrific to read of their treatment in German prisoner of war camps It never ceases to astonish me what took place in those horrible camps The book is wel [...]

    17. Meticulously researched and written in an accessible and lively style, this exploration of the lives of women in Paris during the Second World War is both compelling and informative Covering a wide range of women, from the humble to the big names such as Chanel, the author approaches what is essentially a very emotive subject non judgementally and with balance and fairness.

    18. I wanted to love this book, but I found the writing to be dry and the large number of characters hard to keep straight I ve only gotten half way through Part One so far and hope that my opinion will change next time I pick it up For now I m putting it back on my shelf in order to move onto something else on my list.

    19. Inevitably in a book that offers snapshots of so many women there are going to be a few who fascinate you than others What was often surprising was the naivety of some women, like the Jewish woman who believed herself immune to the deportations because she belonged to a well connected riding club Also fascinating were the women who collaborated with the Nazis, albeit often in a spirit of self serving compromise rather than zealous adhesion to Nazi policy Also fascinating was how fashion continu [...]

    20. I was looking forward to reading this book I read Kristin Hannah s The Nightingale which piqued my interest in how the women in France survived Nazi occupation I also read CW Gortner s Mademoiselle Chanel which had a lot of information on how she and others like her survived This nonfiction book was well researched for the period 1939 1949 The majority of the book addresses the lives of the rich and the famous and, I admit, I scanned much of those sections I was interested in the everyday peopl [...]

    21. Many films and books have explored the hardships of war, particularly in Paris, but few have focused solely on the women, their struggles and challenges that threatened their survival with shortages, dangers and frankly, a madman with a mission in charge While reading this book, there was one moment that kept returning to me, from The Monuments Men, a scene with Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett as Rose Valland Hoping to get help from Valland, now in jail and viewed as a collaborator , Damon explain [...]

    22. I wrote this review for the newspaper The Nazis have taken over your town, the men are in prisons or factories, and food is scarce How will you get through the rest of the war That s the central question of Les Parisiennes, Anne Sebba s deep look at the women caught in the occupation of Paris during World War II The best answer may be C est compliqu , the one the French came to lean upon.From 1940 45, Paris became a significantly feminized city, Sebba writes, and the women had to negotiate on a [...]

    23. This book covers the women of Paris during WWII Included in it is the occupation of the city by the captors, the disturbance and limitations that the women came to know, often the separation from friends and family members, acts of bravery, and quite often acts that were prompted by the need to survive Throughout the book known names and intermingled with unknown names and snippets of stories describe what was like for these women when the world was faced with uncertainty and an unknown future O [...]

    24. Review of Anne Sebba s Les Parisiennes for Libray Thing dot com.This work would be excellent for a Women s Study Class, a class of World War II, French History or Spies It is a history and biography of women in Paris and the surrounding area of France during the 1940 s it not only covers events leading up to the Fall of Paris but the events that occurred during the entire 1940 s era.The work shows not only ordinary everyday Parisiennes but from the top social classes to the lowest classes both G [...]

    25. An Excellent Historical Perspective At least for me, this provided a unique story about World War Two It was told from the POV of French women and their fight to survive the conflict Sebba covered as many perspectives as she could, telling the stories of collaborators, resistance fighters, Jewish women and other Parisiennes who we just trying to come out alive Most of their stories were new to me.And that is the one issue I had with the book Sebba told the stories of dozens of real French women [...]

    26. Beginning in 1939 this nonfiction book chronicles events that impacted Paris through the next ten years The focus is on how the war changed the lives of the women of Paris and how they adjusted to loss, occupation, fear, and hunger No woman gets an in depth treatment Fashion and jewelry receive a lot of attention The book is obviously well researched and documented I am much a fan of historical fiction, and my reaction to the book is thus clouded I wanted to know the women and feel their experi [...]

    27. Les Parisiennes is a wonderful story of the women during the German occupation of Paris.So many men were gone to war or sent to the camps for resisting or because they were Jewish The women had a hard time often without food, electricity or coal for heat I have an in law who lived in Paris during this period and I have read her letters describing her life at the time and the correspond to the information available in the book It was a very difficult time Many fled to the south of France which wa [...]

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