ONLINE CLASS: Survival and Recovery in Post-War France

Five Fridays: September 30, October 7, (skip October 14) October 21, (skip October 28) November 4, November 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET Online 

Price: 
$150.00 Per Person (10% off for members)

France was under Nazi occupation from 1940-45. This was a time of great privation and suffering for the French: it is a period of time that has left its mark on the people in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. In this class we will learn about how the French people began to put their lives—and their country—back together after the war. First, to provide us with some background we’ll read Alan Riding’s And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris, which covers the years of the Occupation and a bit of the immediate postwar period. Next we’ll read Janet Flanner’s Paris Journal 1944-1955. This New Yorker correspondent’s contemporary accounts of key events in the postwar period, from the return of prisoners from camps in Germany and Poland to the trials of Philippe Pétain and Pierre Laval will provide us with an extremely sharp and compelling eyewitness view of these historic events, as well as many details about what everyday life was like for Parisians in the postwar aftermath. Finally we’ll read and discuss The Plateau. In this award-winning book, we’ll learn about how anthropologist Maggie Paxson set out to study what would make a group of people choose selflessness, even at the cost of great personal sacrifice and danger. Delving into the history of a village in a remote pocket of Nazi-held France where ordinary people risked their lives to rescue hundreds of strangers, mostly Jewish children, her exploration leads to some compelling questions: How did a whole community of people choose to respond to evil with good? And what can we learn from what happened there and then, that applies to us today? 

Five Fridays: September 30, October 7, (skip October 14) October 21, (skip October 28) November 4, November 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET Online 

Required Books:

And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied  by Alan Riding 

Paris Journal 1944-1955,  by Janet Flanner 

The Plateau, by Maggie Paxson

Recommended (but not required) auxiliary reading: (Or for use as an additional resource on your bookshelf)

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead 

Reading and Discussion Schedule:  

September 30: And the Show Went On (Intro and Chapters 1-7)

October 7: And the Show Went On (Chapters 8-17)

October 21: Paris Journal 1944-1955

November 4: The Plateau

November 11: Wrap-Up Discussion

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher who lives in Essoyes, a beautiful village in southern Champagne, on the border of Burgundy. She writes frequently for Bonjour Paris, France Today, and France Revisited, as well as for her blog, Writing from the Heart, Reading for the Road. She is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and is currently working on her memoir, A Long Way from Iowa. She has taught Paris: A Literary Adventure for the City University of New York since 1997, and literature and culture classes at Politics and Prose since 2011. Janet's perspective, developed over more than 40 years of living,  traveling, writing about, and teaching in France, as well as her perspective as a writer/editor, will lend depth and interest to our discussions. 

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris By Alan Riding Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389053
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Paris Journal, 1944-1955 By Janet (Genêt) Flanner, William Shawn Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780156709484
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 28th, 1988

The Plateau By Maggie Paxson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634758
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France (The Resistance Quartet #2) By Caroline Moorehead Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062202482
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 27th, 2015