A bookshop in Berlin : the rediscovered memoir of one woman's harrowing escape from the Nazis

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A bookshop in Berlin : the rediscovered memoir of one woman's harrowing escape from the Nazis
Call No: 940.5315 F87b

Call Number940.5315 F87b
Dates2019; ©2017
Statement of ResponsibilityFrançoise Frenkel ; with a preface from Patrick Modiano ; dossier compiled by Frédéric Maria ; translated by Stephanie Smee.
Creators & ContributorsFrenkel, Françoise (author)
Modiano, Patrick (contributor)
Maria, Frédéric (contributor)
Smee, Stephanie (translator)
Frenkel, Françoise (subject)
Summary"In 1921, Françoise Frenkel—a Jewish woman from Poland—fulfills a dream. She opens La Maison du Livre, Berlin's first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. In 1935, the scene continues to darken. First come the new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations. Françoise's dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed. La Maison du Livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Françoise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Françoise survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her." —Publisher
  1. A French bookshop in Berlin
  2. Paris
  3. Avignon
  4. Vichy
  5. Avignon
  6. Nice
  7. Somewhere in the mountains
  8. Return to Nice
  9. Grenoble
  10. At the border
  11. Annecy
  12. Saint-Julien
  13. Annecy
  14. At the border
  15. Heading for Switzerland
Physical Description xiii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish, Translated from the French by Stephanie Smee.
PublisherNew York : Atria Books
EditionFirst Atria Books hardcover edition
  • "First published in France as Rien où poser sa tête by L'Arbalète Gallimard in 2015" —Title page verso
  • "Originally published in English by Vintage Australia in 2017" —Title page verso
  • "Previously published by Pushkin Press in 2018" —Title page verso
RecognitionGifted in 2020 by Lucien Lieberman