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The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation

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The German occupation of France from 1940 to 1945 presented wrenching challenges for the nations artists and intellectuals. Some were able to flee the country; those who remained—including Gide and Céline, Picasso and Matisse, Cortot and Messiaen, and Cocteau and Gabin—responded in various ways. This fascinating book is the first to provide a full account of how Frances artistic leaders coped under the crushing German presence. Some became heroes, others villains; most were simply survivors.

Filled with anecdotes about the artists, composers, writers, filmmakers, and actors who lived through the years of occupation, the book illuminates the disconcerting experience of life and work within a cultural prison. Frederic Spotts uncovers Hitlers plan to pacify the French through an active cultural life, and examines the unexpected vibrancy of opera, ballet, painting, theater, and film in both the Occupied and Vichy Zones. In view of the longer-term goal to supplant French with German culture, Spotts offers moving insight into the predicament of French artists as they fought to preserve their countrys cultural and national identity.

About the Author

Frederic Spotts is an independent scholar who has written widely on cultural topics, published books on German and Italian politics, and edited The Letters of Leonard Woolf. He is the author of Bayreuth: A History of the Wagner Festival and, most recently, Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics. He lives in France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300132908
Subtitle:
How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation
Author:
Spotts, Frederic
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History - Modern (Late 19th Century to 1945)
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Literature and the war.
Subject:
France
Subject:
World History-France
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100330
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w illus.
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 5.75 in 1.05 lb

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