A kind of moment-by-moment account of the Occupation backed up by primary accounts: diaries, contemporary fiction, journalism. Perrin paints small pictures, one by one: preparation for the war, emptying the Louvre, silence, empty streets, levels of fear. Choices to make. Questions to ask: are you going to help the Jews?
There is so much to know but you get the feeling in this presentation of almost being in that deserted Paris where no one knew what would happen, and the eerie sense of the occupation is very evident. The facts of this era are so terrible it's almost hard to believe but the evidence is presented well to educate and remind us all of what can happen when democracy and freedom are lost.
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I found the presentation very interesting and photographs illustrating the topic provided a visual perspective to the historical period
I learned so much during this lecture. I’ve read pretty many biographies about this time and place so I was surprised by how much I didn’t know! Nigel was very organized and super knowledgeable, and the lecture was very interesting.