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Five Best: Books on Art and Culture in Occupied Paris

And the Show Went On

By Alan Riding (2010)

1. Even as the Nazis invaded France in 1940, the cabarets and music halls of Paris carried on, its singers and dancers confident that France’s army would prevail. But the Nazis entered Paris without firing a shot and occupied France for the next four years. Alan Riding provides vivid portraits of French entertainers engaged in delicate negotiations with their occupiers. The Nazi leadership devoted significant resources to the beating heart of Paris—a culture they celebrated, reviled, envied, embraced and outlawed all at once. “The Germans were not unlike today’s tourists,” Mr.

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