Friday, October 28, 2016
How The Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died During WWII
It wasn’t romantic to be “Les Parisiennes” under Nazi Occupation
by Anne Sebba
Paris, mid-July 2015, and the city is swelteringly hot. By July 19, thunder is in the air. I am sitting on a temporary stage, waiting for the rain, enraptured by an unremarkable woman in her late eighties telling a most remarkable story. Annette Krajcer is one of the few surviving victims of the most notorious roundup in French twentieth century history. When she was twelve she and her mother and sister were arrested by French police and taken in French buses to a sports stadium, the Vélodrome d’Hiver, along with 13,000 others including more than 4,000 children.