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The art of resistance : my four years in the French underground : a memoir

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The art of resistance : my four years in the French underground : a memoir
Call No: 940.5315 R81a

Call Number940.5315 R81a
Dates[2020]; ©2020
Statement of ResponsibilityJustus Rosenberg.
Creators & ContributorsRosenberg, Justus (author)
Rosenberg, Justus (subject)
Fry, Varian (subject)
Summary"In 1937, after witnessing a violent Nazi mob in his hometown of Danzig, a majority German city on the Baltic Sea, sixteen-year-old Justus Rosenberg was sent by his Jewish parents to Paris to finish his education in safety. Three years later, the Nazis came again, as France fell to the Germans. Alone and in danger, Justus fled Paris, heading south. A chance meeting led him to Varian Fry, an American journalist in Marseille who led a clandestine network helping thousands of men and women—including many legendary artists and intellectuals, among them Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst—escape the Nazis. With his intimate understanding of French and German culture, and fluency in several languages, including English, Justus became an invaluable member of Fry’s operation as a spy and scout. After the Vichy government expelled Fry from France, Justus worked in Grenoble, recruiting young men and women for the Underground Army. For the next four years, he would be an essential component of the Resistance, relying on his wits and skills to survive several close calls with death. Once, he found himself in a Nazi internment camp, with his next stop Auschwitz—and yet Justus found an ingenious way to escape. He two years during the war gathering intelligence, surveying German installations and troop movements on the Mediterranean. Then, after the allied invasion at Normandy in 1944, Justus became a guerrilla fighter, participating in and leading commando raids to disrupt the German retreat across France. At the end of the Second World War, Justus emigrated to America, and built a new life. For the past fifty years, he has taught literature at Bard College, shaping the inner lives of generations of students." —Publisher
Contents
  • Map of Europe, 19361939
  • Map of Western Europe, 1940
  • Map of Occupied France
  • Prologue
Part I
  • The Free City of Danzig (19211937)
  • A Pogrom German-Style (Spring 1937)
  • Preparing to Leave Danzig (Summer 1937)
  • At the Station (September 1937)
  • Berlin (September 212, 1937
Part II
  • Paris (September 1937September 3, 1939)
  • "The Phony War" (Paris, September 1939June 1940)
  • The Debacle (Paris and Bayonne, June 1940)
  • Toulouse (June and July 1940)
  • To Marseille, In Marseille (AugustSeptember 1940)
  • Over the Pyrenees (September 1113, 1940)
  • Walter Benjamin (Late September 1940)
  • Villa Air-Bel (November 1940February 1941)
  • Mafia (FebruaryJune 1941)
  • Chagall (Spring 1941)
  • Max and Peggy Depart (July 1941)
  • The Expulsion of Fry; My Mountain Climbing Adventure (AugustDecember 1941)
  • Grenoble (December 1941August 26, 1942)
Part III
  • Internment (August 2729, 1942)
  • Escape (September 6, 1942)
  • Underground Intelligence at Montmeyran (Autumn 1942March 1943)
  • Manna From the Skies (November 1943May 1944)
  • Last Days on the Farm (June 1944)
  • Becoming a Guerrilla (June 1944)
  • Haute Cuisine in the Camp (JuneJuly 1944)
  • The Ambush (July 1944)
  • The 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion (AugustOctober 1944)
  • The Teller Mine Incident (October 11, 1944)
  • Homecoming to Paris (December 1944February 15, 1945
  • Granville (February 15March 8, 1945)
  • UNRRA (April 1945October 1945)
  • To America (October 1945July 13, 1946)
  • Epilogue: What Happened To...
Physical Description ix, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 23 cm
Carrier Typevolume
LanguageEnglish
PublisherNew York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
EditionFirst Edition
NotesIncludes index
RecognitionGifted in 2020 by Margaret B.
Location in CollectionNew Library Items