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Why is it that knowing how to remain alone in Paris for a year in a miserable room teaches a man more than a hundred literary salons and forty years’ experience of ‘Parisian life’?

― Albert Camus, diary entry, 1940

It’s the continuation of my new miniseries on a subject extremely near and dear to my heart: Women In War! For the next few weeks I’ll be focusing on the experiences of women in France during World War II: fighting the resistance, collaborating with the Nazis, keeping children alive against the odds, and trying to figure out the right way to live in a world that seemed upside down. The idea of this series first took shape before I even began this podcast, and I’m thrilled to bring it to you now.

Picking up where my previous episode left off, we’re following the return of the Exodus to Paris, and the beginning of a new, uncanny kind of existence: Occupation.

Episode 54: “Women At War 2: The Schoolteacher (Berthe Auroy)”

Berthe Auroy

There isn’t much about Berthe besides her diary itself. What there is exists mostly in the Caen Memorial museum:

Passages from Berthe Auroy’s diarySources

The subject of women in wartime is especially overlooked, and so much amazing historical scholarship has come out even in recent years. I’ll be sharing my full reading list in the newsletter, but here are some of the most important sources for this week’s episode:

Days of War: My Life Under the Occupation – Berthe Auroy

When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 – Ronald C. Rosbottom

Tourism and Erotic Imaginaries in Wartime Paris: French and Germans during the Occupation, 1940-1944 – Bertram M. Gordon

France, The Dark Years 1940-1944 – Julian Jackson

Food and War in Twentieth Century Europe – Rachel Duffet

German Soldiers and the Occupation of France, 1940-1944 – Julie S. Torrie

France and the Second World War: Occupation, Collaboration and Resistance – Peter Davies

Les Parisiennes: Resistance, Collaboration, and the Women of Paris Under Nazi Occupation (Anne Sebba) – gah, this is the incredible book that kicked my butt into finally making this series. While she helped set me off down some research paths to find the subjects of this miniseries, I think the most valuable part of this book is the incredible original scholarship that she’s contributed – interviewing every survivor she can find living in Paris today.

Paris at War: 1939-1944 (David Drake)

Fleeing Hitler: 1940 (Hanna Diamond)

Paris from Camus’s Notebooks – The Paris Review

Archival excerpt from Berthe Auroy’s diary

Writing The Occupation: The Articulation of Women’s Subjectivities, France 1940-1944 – Sally Palmer, University of Sussex

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