Volume 3: Nazi Paris, Women under Occupation with Nigel Perrin

Volume 3: Nazi Paris, Women under Occupation with Nigel Perrin


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The Nazi Occupation of Paris brought revolutionary changes to women's lives. This Conversation will examine the stories of a variety of women, the choices they made, and their place in French history. This is the final volume in this three-part series on the Nazi occupation of Paris. (You do not have to have attended the previous two volumes to enjoy this).

In an era when women could not vote and often lived in the shadow of men, many suddenly found themselves taking on roles and responsibilities previously unimaginable. Subjected to new rules, regulations, and expectations of what women should be, they were forced to make difficult, and sometimes terrible, decisions. Beyond the clichŽ of the perpetually chic, carefree Parisienne, Parisian women faced a dangerous and unpredictable future. Some chose to engage in different forms of resistance, while others collaborated or simply found a way to survive. As Liberation turned a few into celebrated heroines, others were despised and humiliated, and many more were quickly forgotten.

Led by Dr. Nigel Perrin, a published author, and history lecturer, this interactive discussion will delve into this fascinating subject. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of life in WW2 Paris. Perrin has long been fascinated by the history of France during the Occupation, particularly in relation to resistance and the work of secret services. Spirit of Resistance, his biography of secret agent Harry Peulev, was published in 2008. He is completing a biography of a French wartime spy and is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and other publications.

This conversation is the third in a four-part series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order. 
Volume 1: Nazi Paris, Resistance, and The Secret War 1940-1944 with Nigel Perrin
Volume 2: Nazi Paris, Life, Love and Death in an Occupied Capital with Nigel Perrin
Volume 3: Nazi Paris, Women under Occupation with Nigel Perrin
Volume 4: Nazi Paris: Liberation and The Battle For Paris with Nigel Perrin

Dr. Nigel Perrin 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 Peulev, 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.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.