Nazi Paris: Life, Love, and Death in an Occupied Capital with Nigel Perrin

Nazi Paris: Life, Love, and Death in an Occupied Capital with Nigel Perrin


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Following the invasion and sudden defeat of France in 1940, Parisians were suddenly confronted with a terrifying, uncertain future. What would a Nazi occupation mean for them, and how long would it last? Within just a few weeks, their lives would be overturned as the Germans began a four-year-long occupation of the city: endless queues, separation from loved ones, and all kinds of new rules governing everyday life became the norm. In addressing different aspects of the occupation of Paris, this Conversation will examine the complex relationship between the Nazi and Vichy governments, the radical transformations brought to the capital, and the kinds of daily dilemmas its citizens faced.

Led by Dr. Nigel Perrin, a published author, and history lecturer, this interactive will awaken participants' understanding of this intriguing topic. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of life in WW2 Paris.

This conversation is the second in a five-part series by Nigel Perrin. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews
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Nancy Stout (New York, US)
If you believe that history is in details, this is the best kind of account.

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?

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Linda Myers (Richmond, US)
Lots of information and great photos

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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Clara Nchama (Madrid, ES)

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patricia Vinycomb (Southampton, GB)
Nazi Paris, love life and death in an occupied capitol

I found the presentation very interesting and photographs illustrating the topic provided a visual perspective to the historical period

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Paige Moody (Charlotte, US)
Super interesting and educational

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews
74%
(23)
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(3)
13%
(4)
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(1)
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Nancy Stout (New York, US)
If you believe that history is in details, this is the best kind of account.

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?

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Linda Myers (Richmond, US)
Lots of information and great photos

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.

C
Clara Nchama (Madrid, ES)

Guest did not leave comment

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patricia Vinycomb (Southampton, GB)
Nazi Paris, love life and death in an occupied capitol

I found the presentation very interesting and photographs illustrating the topic provided a visual perspective to the historical period

P
Paige Moody (Charlotte, US)
Super interesting and educational

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.