Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

French soldiers were first into a liberated Paris - Creative Commons/Hachette Book Group

French soldiers were first into a liberated Paris

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Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

“When Paris Went Dark” explores daily interaction between Parisians and Germans and looks at the kind of questions the occupation raised for the French about why they didn’t do more to prevent it.

Seventy years ago, Paris was liberated from German occupation. Unlike other major European cities during World War II, “The City of Light” was spared mass devastation. This was part of Hitler’s plan -- he wanted to preserve the beautiful Paris for his own. But if the physical damage to the city was minimal, a new book by European studies professor Ronald Rosbottom says four years of occupation left subtle scars. As he put it, they were ones that were difficult to evaluate and easier for history to ignore. “When Paris Went Dark” explores daily interaction between Parisians and Germans and looks at the kind of questions the occupation raised for the French about why they didn’t do more to prevent it.

Guests

Ronald Rosbottom

author, "When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light under German Occupation 1940-1944." He is professor of French and European Studies at Amherst College.

A Look At WWII Paris

For his book, Ronald Rosbottom pulled a number of old photographs from WWII Paris. Click through the photos below.

Read A Featured Excerpt

From "When Paris Went Dark" by Ronald C. Rosbottom. Copyright © 2014 by Ronald C. Rosbottom. Excerpted with permission by the Hachette Book Group. All rights reserved.

When Paris Went Dark

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