Book Review: In the Shadows of Paris by Anne Sinclair

 
Book Review: In the Shadows of Paris by Anne Sinclair

Anne Sinclair’s quest for answers about the life of her grandfather, Léonce Schwartz, reveals a lesser-known chapter of the Holocaust. “This story has haunted me since I was a child,” she writes.

On December 12, 1941, the Nazis carried out a mass arrest of ‘influential’ Jews – doctors, professors, artists – and imprisoned them 50 miles from Paris in the Frontstalag 122 concentration camp in Royallieu-Compiègne. Those who did not perish were deported by the infamous cattle cars to Auschwitz and other death camps, except for the few to escape that fate. Léonce Schwartz was one of them.

New York-born Sinclair moved to France as a young girl, where she rose to fame, in part due to her family’s vast collection of art by Picasso, Degas, Seurat, and Renoir, but also as a model for statues of Marianne, the national emblem of France, as well as a TV news host. Part memoir, part historical document, this is indeed a haunting tale.

In the Shadows of Paris: The Nazi Concentration Camp That Dimmed the City of Light, written by Anne Sinclair, published by Kales Press

From France Today magazine

For more France Today book reviews click here

 

Share to:  Facebook  Twitter   LinkedIn   Email

Previous Article Calais Grape Escape: Fantastic Savings on Your “Tour de France”
Next Article The Fabulous History of Playing Cards in France

Related Articles