By Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper
During this outstanding synthesis of social, political, and cultural heritage, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper current a brilliant and compelling portrayal of town of lighting fixtures after its liberation. Paris turned the diplomatic battleground within the establishing phases of the chilly battle. by contrast risky political backdrop, each element of lifestyles is portrayed: ratings have been settled in a coarse and asymmetric justice, black dealers grew wealthy at the distress of the inhabitants, and more and more highbrow luminaries and artists? together with Hemingway, Beckett, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Cocteau, and Picasso?contributed new principles and a renewed power to this awesome second in time.
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Extra info for Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949 (Revised Edition)
North Africa was not only dear to the French but it was also important to the Allies, and therefore to German intelligence. The British used the passage through the Mediterranean to ensure communication with their colonies. Gibraltar and the Suez Canal were of vital interest to the British, and military campaigns in Egypt and Libya were their most important theaters of operation at that point in the war. 28 Thus French North Africa gave German intelligence services reason and opportunity to spy on the Allies.
But the Germans were aware that the population’s initial docility was likely to be brief. Any individual suspected of anti-German propaganda was to be watched. 15 Agents were also expected to ﬁnd the locations of illegal meetings and places that were used for Gaullist recruitment. 16 In addition, the secret services were responsible for ensuring the security of German administrations. Agents were sometimes sent into the southern nonoccupied territories and the colonies to investigate individuals applying for jobs in German services in the northern, occupied zone.
24 Thus Weygand’s North African ﬁef was increasingly visited by numerous German agents after Laval’s ﬁring; they sought information on Weygand’s activities, but also aimed to punish him. It seems that the Abwehr was probably behind a mutiny of a regiment of Algerian soldiers within the French army. On Saturday 25 January 1941, the members of this regiment massacred their French oﬃcers and seized weapons. They advanced toward the city of Algiers where they opened ﬁre on the European population. Investigations after the incident highlighted how the inequalities of army treatment of native soldiers compared to French soldiers had been used to stir up resentment.
Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949 (Revised Edition) by Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper