Nazi Paris: The City under Occupation, 1940-1944: A Five-Part Course with Nigel Perrin

Nazi Paris: The City under Occupation, 1940-1944: A Five-Part Course with Nigel Perrin


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From everyday life to resistance and Liberation, this five-part course explores key aspects of the Parisian experience of Nazi Occupation, and the profound impression it has left on the city. Join local published author and historian, Dr. Nigel Perrin, to learn more.

Following the rapid invasion and defeat of France in 1940, Parisians were suddenly confronted with a terrifying, uncertain future. What would Nazi occupation mean for them? How would their lives change? What hardships might they have to endure? And for how long? In addressing different aspects of the occupation of Paris, this course will examine the radical transformations brought to the capital, the daily dilemmas its citizens faced, and the lasting effects of these ‘dark years’ on the City of Light.

Lecture 1 Paris: A City Occupied

This session will introduce the invasion and occupation of Paris and France, the complex relationship between the Nazi and Vichy governments, and the phenomenon of occupation profoundly altered the lives of Parisians.

Lecture 2 Resistance, Collaboration and Choices

The humiliation of occupation compelled a few brave civilians to take a stand against their enemy, while others chose to offer their assistance. For many more, life would be characterized by ‘shades of gray’ where intentions and consequences could be more difficult to judge. In considering a variety of examples, this lecture will engage with the complexities of resistance and collaboration and the questions they raise.

Lecture 3 Paris and the Holocaust

Home to around half of the Jewish population of France at the outbreak of war, Paris would become the focus of antisemitic operations. This lecture will chart the development of the Holocaust, the perspectives of the Nazi and Vichy governments, the question of French and foreign Jews, and the key sites in the capital.

Lecture 4 Aux armes, Citoyens: The Liberation of Paris

In August 1944, the long-awaited Liberation of Paris seemed at last within reach, but the capital’s fate remained anything but certain. This session will trace the events of Liberation, the German government’s plans to destroy the city, and the role of Parisians in winning back their own freedom.

Lecture 5 The Occupation Remembered and Forgotten

The events and experiences of occupation have continued to haunt Paris and the nation. This final lecture will explore how the themes discussed in the previous lectures have been represented and commemorated, and the questions surrounding remembrance, justice, and reconciliation.

Nigel has long been fascinated by the history of France during the Occupation, particularly in relation to the work of British secret services, a subject he began studying in 2003. 'Spirit of Resistance', his biography of secret agent Harry Peulevé, was published in 2008. Having completed his MA in Modern History at the University of Kent in Paris in 2015, he has now begun a doctorate on a spatial history of Paris under Occupation.

How does it work?

This is a five-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.

Is there a reading list in advance?

Though the course is open to participants with no background in World War II history, there are suggested readings for further investigation. You will receive this soon after course registration.

How long are the lectures?

Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.

How much is the course?

The course is $175 for 5 lectures.

Is a recording available?

In general, our courses are not recorded. However, if you need to miss a lecture please let us know in advance and we can arrange for a recording for that session on an individual basis.

This course is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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