Americans in Paris - Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-44

Author(s): Charles Glass

World War II | Europe

An elegantly written and highly informative account of a group of Americans living in Paris when the city fell to the Nazis in June 1940. When the German army occupied Paris in the early hours of 14 June 1940, a large American community awaited them. Although the US Ambassador had advised those without vital business to leave when war broke out in 1939, almost five thousand remained. Many had professional and family ties to Paris, and most had a peculiarly American love for the city that was rooted in the bravery of the thousands of Frenchmen who volunteered to help win American independence after 1776. As citizens of a neutral nation, they believed they had little to fear. They were wrong. For four hard years, from the summer of 1940 until US troops occupied Paris in August 1944, Americans were intimately caught up in the city's fate. Those who stayed behind were an eccentric, original and disparate group. Charles Bedaux, a Frenchborn, naturalized American millionaire, had played host to the Duke of Windsor's wedding in 1937 and went on throwing lavish parties for European royalty and high-ranking Nazi officials.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780007228539
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperPress
  • : January 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Charles Glass
  • : Hardback
  • : 6-Sep
  • : very good
  • : 524