A Bookshop in Berlin

A Bookshop in Berlin

The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape From the Nazis

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In 1921, Françoise Frenkel--a Jewish woman from Poland--fulfills a dream. She opens La Maison du Livre, Berlin's first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. In 1935, the scene continues to darken. First come the new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations. Françoise's dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed. La Maison du Livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Françoise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Françoise survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501199844
1501199846
Branch Call Number: 940.531 Fren
Characteristics: xiii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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