And the Show Went on: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris - Alan Riding

Looking back to the war years, Sartre noted that “during the occupation, we had two choices: collaborate or resist.” As the former New York Times cultural correspondent Alan Riding demonstrates in his masterful history of World War II Paris, the options were many and unclear. AND THE SHOW WENT ON (Knopf, $28.95) presents numerous cases of artists, painters, writers, musicians, and filmmakers forced to comply with German dictates or find other ways to make a living. Riding’s chronicle is detailed and fast-paced, starting with France’s mood of uncertainty and rising anti-Semitism in the late 1930s, proceeding to the panic in the face of the Nazi invasion in June 1940, and charting the seeming normality as movie theaters reopened that July, the Paris Opera picked up with its interrupted production of Berlioz in August, and art galleries received visitors again in September (with free admission for Germans). Above all, Riding considers the debate over whether Parisian wartime cultural activities showed a France vibrantly defiant of the military occupation, or whether they legitimized the Nazi regime, even as the entertainment itself helped pacify a public that might otherwise have resisted more strenuously.

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ISBN: 9780307389053
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

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