Strong in Will
- World War II
The embassy staff stayed despite all odds
“September 1939 slipped into October quite silently as if it did not want to attract any notice.” Marie-Louise Dilkes’ astute observations of life in Paris during World War II are written from the perspective of the receptionist for the American Embassy, the first—or last—resort for many caught up in the chaos of war. Hers was the first face they saw as they walked through the grand doors.
She takes us from the conquest and occupation of Paris by German forces but includes the war-time journey of the American consulate in Paris from Paris to Lisbon to Lyon to Bern and back to Paris. She ends with the triumphant return of members of the American Embassy staff, after the Allies forced the German Army out of Paris.
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|February 15, 2024