image for Literary Event item typeAnne Sebba: Les Parisiennes at Richmond Old Town Hall

Literary Event, Fri 25 Nov 2016


Whittaker Ave, Richmond,


What did it feel like to be a woman living in Paris from 1939 to 1949? These were years of fear, power, courage, deprivation and secrets until - finally – with France’s liberation came renewal and retribution. Yet, even at the darkest moments of Occupation, with the Swastika flying from the Eiffel Tower, glamour was ever-present.

It was women more than men, who came face to face with the German conquerors on a daily basis-selling them their clothes or travelling alongside them on the Metro, where a German soldier had priority over seats. How did these women react to their subjugators? What made them collaborate
or resist? Did they have any choice? By looking at a wide range of individuals from collaborators to resisters, actresses and prostitutes to teachers and writers, bestselling biographer and journalist Anne
Sebba shows that women, whether they were Nazi wives, spies, mothers, mistresses, or fashion designers, had to make life-and-death decisions every day, and often did whatever they needed
to survive.

Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is above all an account of the lives of people of the city and, most of all, its women and young girls.

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Dates Times
Fri 25 Nov 2016 19:00


Special £5 ticket price for Richmond Card holders



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Map reference: TQ 177746  Lat: 51.45884 Long: -0.30654

Tube/Rail: Richmond
Buses: 65, 33, H37, H22, R68, R70

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Richmond station


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