Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass

By Charles Glass

While the German military marched into Paris on June 14, 1940, nearly 5,000 american citizens remained in Paris. they'd refused or been not able to depart for plenty of various purposes; their activities through the process the German profession may end up to be simply as diversified. Glass interweaves the reviews of a few of the people who belonged to this special colony of yank expatriates residing in Paris. one of the tales highlighted are these of Charles Bedaux, an American millionaire made up our minds to hold on along with his company affairs as traditional; Sylvia seashore, proprietor of the recognized English-language bookshop Shakespeare & corporation; Clara Longworth de Chambrun, patroness of the yank Library in Paris and distantly concerning FDR; and Dr. Sumner Jackson, the yankee Hospital’s leader health care professional. those attention-grabbing stories mirror the complex community of choices—passive compromise, outright collaboration, sufferer retreat, and energetic resistance—that existed for americans stuck within the German net.

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Sajer, 1971, 395) In fact, some of the baby-faced boys of the Volkssturm turned out to be its most effective elements, when they hailed from the Hitlerjugend and were armed with anti-tank Panzerfaust rocket launchers. The Mausers mentioned by our soldier were the standard service rifles, which were something of a rarity, and many of the Volkssturm had to be content with Russian or Italian rifles or the Carl Walther Volksmaschinenpistole, (a German version of the British Sten).

The sources give the original date for the opening of the offensive variously as 20 January, or some time in the overall span between 15 and 20 January. At the end of the first week in January, however, Stalin moved quickly to bring forward the attack by a number of days. Ostensibly, he acted in response to a telegram which was transmitted by Winston Churchill on 6 January, asking him as a matter of urgency to launch a major attack as a means of relieving pressure on the Allies in the West. Stalin replied on the following day: 27 2.

Everything is in a process of flux—our national production, the state of training, the competence of the commanders. But this is noth39 CHRISTOPHER DUFFY ing new in history. Only just now I was reading through a volume of the letters of Frederick the Great. This is what he writes in one of them, in the fifth year of the Seven Years War: T h e r e was a time when I went on campaign with the most magnificent army in Europe. ' You can't imagine a more devastating indictment, and yet this man stuck it out through the war.

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