Villa Air-Bel World War II, Escape, and a House in Marseille

ISBN-10: 0060732512

ISBN-13: 9780060732516

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France, 1940. The once glittering boulevards of Paris teem with spies, collaborators, and the Gestapo now that France has fallen to Hitler's Wermacht. For Andr Breton, Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Consuelo de Saint-Exupry, and scores of other cultural elite who have been denounced as enemies of the Third Reich the fear of imminent arrest, deportation, and death defines their daily life. Their only salvation is the Villa Air-Bel, a chteau outside Marseille where a group of young people will go to extraordinary lengths to keep them alive. A powerfully told, meticulously researched true story filled with suspense, drama, and intrigue, Villa Air-Bel delves into a fascinating albeit hidden saga in our recent history. It is a remarkable account of how a diverse intelligentsia-intense, brilliant, and utterly terrified-was able to survive one of the darkest chapters of the twentieth century.
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List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Illustrations
The Road Out
The Photograph
The Dinner Party: Late October 1940
The Heiress
The Young Clerk at the Prefecture de Police: Paris, 1933
An Evening at the Apartment of Alexander Werth: 1934
The Paris Riots: February 6, 1934
Up in the Clouds: 1935
The Congress and the Case of Victor Serge: Paris, 1935
Friends for Life
The Paris Exposition: 1937
Picasso and the Dress Rehearsal: April 1937
Degenerate Art: Munich, 1937
The Anschluss or Merging: March 1938
The Clients of Varian Fry
The Shadow City: 1938
Reality Up for Grabs: Summer 1938
Am I My Brother's Keeper? The French Border: February 1939
Desperate to Party: Paris, Summer 1939
The Call: September 1939
La Drole de Guerre: Autumn 1939-Spring 1940
Shame: September 1939
One Man's Nightmare: September-December 1939
L'Humour Noir
Retreat: Operation Dynamo: May 26-June 4, 1940
The Fall of Paris: June 10, 1940
The Capitulation
Postcards from the Zone Libre
Save the Child: June 18-July 15
Marseille I: July 1940
They Gather
Marseille II: August 1940
The Quiet American
England Is Ursula; France Is Heinrich
The Fittkos: September 1940
Statut des Juifs: October 3, 1940
New Staff at CAS
The Villa Air-Bel
Sunday Afternoons: Rebellion
Espervisa: Fall 1940
Marseille III: October 1940
The Commandant
We Protest and Reserve All Rights
The Honeymoon
Police Report
Deep Freeze
Visa Division: Department of State
Waiting at the Villa: Spring 1941
Slipping the Noose: March 1941
Art Lover
Boulevard Garibaldi
My Black Heart
Triste Tropique
Winding Down: Summer 1941
End Game
Decompression Chamber
Empty Villa: September 1941
Resistance: 1942-44
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