When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. RosbottomThe spellbinding and revealing chronicle of Nazi-occupied Paris
On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians keenly adapted themselves to the situation-even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose. Parisians of all stripes-Jews, immigrants, adolescents, communists, rightists, cultural icons such as Colette, de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre, as well as police officers, teachers, students, and store owners-rallied around a little known French military officer, Charles de Gaulle.
WHEN PARIS WENT DARK evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources---memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers and posters, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies---Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.
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My parents, who lived through the blitz, used to divide the nations of Europe into two categories those who had fought "a good war" and those who had not. In the first camp were the Russians, Greeks, the Yugoslavs and ourselves. Heading the latter were the French. A tad simplistic, I thought at the time, but after reading Rosbottom's account of the German occupation of Paris, I wonder if they weren't right after all. It is well known that the Germans virtually strolled into Paris in June without firing a shot. I didn't know some Parisians lined up to wave, impressed by the German soldiers' "correctness" and blond good-looks.
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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. In the years in which they pulled a red-and-black curtain across Europe, the Nazis occupied Prague, Warsaw, Amsterdam and a dozen other major cities. Yet who today is mesmerized by life in occupied Oslo, or looks for German footprints in occupied Brussels? But Paris? The image of a Paris occupied haunts us still, even though today diminishing numbers of witnesses of Paris's disgrace, and Paris's struggle, survive. And so Ronald C. Rosbottom, himself marked by study at the Sorbonne, set out to recreate life in the tragic period when, in the irresistible image that suggests his title, the City of Light went dark.
T here was a tremendous row in Paris a few years ago when the city's historical library put on an exhibition of photographs entitled Parisians Under the Occupation. The images, mostly in colour, showed elegantly dressed citizens promenading in the streets, shopping, and watching the Longchamps races and thus contradicted the received idea of the "hard years" as a time of strain and deprivation. Eventually the show's title was changed from Les Parisiens sous l'occupation to Des Parisiens As this episode showed, the process of coming to terms with the French past is still current; indeed, over the past decade every aspect of the Vichy period has been put back into the historian's spotlight. The part of the story that appeals most to Anglo-Saxon readers how many people in the French cultural elite were seduced by the power and aura of the Nazis has already been well told by Alan Riding and Frederic Spotts, while Charles Glass has examined the American side of the occupation.