June 2, 2023

OPC Book Night With Alan Riding

When the Nazis marched into Paris they changed the rich cultural life of
the City of Lights. Artists faced difficult choices and many careers
and lives were cut short. OPC member Alan Riding captures these times in the new book, And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris [Alfred A. Knopf]. The book recounts Parisian life under Nazi occupation and the forced compromises of French writers, artists and performers under Hitler’s rule. There were moral and artistic choices for those who stayed and were forced to decide whether to resist, collaborate or
compromise. Riding introduces readers to a panoply of writers, painters,
composers, actors and dancers who kept working during the occupation.

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