Tag Archives: German occupation of France

Les Parisiennes

I just finished an excellent book, Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died in the 1940s, by Anne Sebba. I think was the best book that I have read so far this year. Sebba makes it clear … Continue reading

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À quelque chose malheur est bon

Today’s outing was to the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, near Sélestat in Alsace. It’s a perfect example of the tug-of-war that has gone on over this region for centuries. Its foundations date to the 9th century, but it really got going … Continue reading

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Tremper comme une soupe

I’m in Colmar for a few days, a small city of about 65,000 in the east of France. It’s in the region known as Alsace that is famous as a bone of contention between France and Germany. It was taken … Continue reading

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Au soir de sa vie

French actor Louis Jourdan (né Gendre) was born on June 20, 1921, so this is his ninetieth birthday.  He took his mother’s maiden name as his professional identity. He started his acting career in 1939, after having studied at the … Continue reading

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L’essential est sans cesse menacé par l’insignifiant

French poet and Resistance fighter René Char was born on June 14, 1907. It’s appropriate to honor him and the other brave men and women of the Resistance today because June 14, 1940 was the day Paris was occupied by … Continue reading

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