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Friday 17 May

Anne Sebba

Les Parisiennes – How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940's

2.00pm to 3.00pm

Fowey Town Hall, £10

The defeat of France and the German occupation that followed was a dark time in Paris, especially for women. There were stark choices to be made, life or death decisions between collaboration and resistance. Coco Chanel retreated to the Ritz with a German lover, the novelist Irène Némirovsky converted to Catholicism but died in Auschwitz, and the young Odette Fabius left a loveless marriage and child to work for the Resistance. Anne Sebba gives voice to a wide variety of Parisian women both during ‘les années noires’ and after, at the liberation. Their experiences, and the failure of many to adjust to the post-war world, make a moving and remarkable story, which has not previously been told. Today, Anne will share some of the stories she has discovered in this illustrated talk and explore some of the reasons they have been kept hidden for so long.

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