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Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under Nazi Occupation

Yesterday, I had some time between an afternoon day job-related meeting at the CUNY Graduate Center and an evening panel at the same location (not for the day job!), so I decided to mosey on over to the New York Public Library to visit a new exhibition, “Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under Nazi Occupation.”

The subject of French literary life under (and immediately following) Nazi occupation is something I studied as an undergraduate and have remained fascinated by for years. It’s not a simple matter (for one thing, the divisions between “collaboration” and “resistance” aren’t always clear). The exhibition does an excellent job presenting a complicated topic. Lots of books, journals, letters, etc. incorporated in the process. Video/newsreel footage, too.

If you’ll be around 5th Avenue/42nd Street before the end of July (the exhibition runs through July 25), do stop in and take a look. It’s free!

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