The Resource No place to lay one's head, Françoise Frenkel ; with a preface by Patrick Modiano ; dossier compiled by Frédéric Maria ; translated by Stephanie Smee

No place to lay one's head, Françoise Frenkel ; with a preface by Patrick Modiano ; dossier compiled by Frédéric Maria ; translated by Stephanie Smee

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No place to lay one's head
Title
No place to lay one's head
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Françoise Frenkel ; with a preface by Patrick Modiano ; dossier compiled by Frédéric Maria ; translated by Stephanie Smee
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  • fre
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Summary
An extraordinary story of one woman's attempt to survive the horrors of Vichy France. From the oppressive scenes of 1930's Berlin where Franpoise Frenkel had established her French language bookshop, to her escape back to Paris and on through the south of France, this is the story of her dignified yet increasingly desperate attempts to flee from France as the Nazi noose tightens. It is her story - but it is also the story of every refugee fleeing persecution, clinging to every shred of dignity as they are left with no choice but to rely on the kindness of strangers. Franpoise Frenkel, a Jewish woman born in Poland and educated in Paris and enamoured of all things literary and French. In 1921 she sets up the first French language bookshop in Berlin, recognising the craving for French culture in that city in the wake of WWI. Her business is a success - she hobnobs with diplomats and celebrities, authors and artists. But life in Berlin for a Jewish business owner becomes untenable despite her desire to stand sentinel by her bookshop to the end. Frenkel is forced to flee to Paris. Her husband fled earlier and was rounded up in Paris and sent first to Drancy and then to Auschwitz where he was murdered in August 1942. Like so many others, Frenkel is compelled to keep moving, spending time in Avignon, Vichy, Nice and Grenoble, as she attempted to survive in a world disintegrating around her. Her observations of and interactions with the French, both those who denounce her and those who themselves brave denunciation in offering her refuge, provide us with an insight into how humanity strives to assert itself in the dark interstices of a society imploding. Frenkel's attempts to flee across the Alps into Switzerland were ultimately successful and she published her story in 1945 in Geneva. But only recently was a copy of this forgotten work discovered in Nice, and a decision made at French publishers, Gallimard, to republish it, seventy years later in October 2015. Nobel-prize winning author, Patrick Modiano, has written a moving preface, in which he writes- The uniqueness of No place to lay one's head lies in the fact that we are unable precisely to identify its author. This account of the life of a woman who is hunted down in the south of France and the Haute Savoie during the Occupation is all the more striking for its apparent anonymitya Very little is known of Franpoise Frenkel's subsequent life, except that she returned to live in Nice where she had spent much of her time during the war before her escape, and where she died in 1975. Frenkel's book is the story of refugees, those fleeing terror, the world over
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autobiography
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940.5318092
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Translated from the French
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non fiction
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No place to lay one's head, Françoise Frenkel ; with a preface by Patrick Modiano ; dossier compiled by Frédéric Maria ; translated by Stephanie Smee
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24 cm
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xvii, 286 pages
Isbn
9780143784111
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(OCoLC)973925173

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