The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals


10 thoughts on “The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation

  1. Tony Tony says:

    Spotts does not wish to re litigate who is and who isn t a collaborator For him, any contact short of rebellion by a Frenchman with a Nazi was collaboration I m okay with that But in a wonderful concluding chapter, the author notes the unfairness of government collaborators going unpunished while artists paid severely, even with their lives The author seemed to struggle in the beginning with structure, pretentiousness and style He has a habit, for example, of writing, He it was who The Spotts does not wish to re litigate who is and who isn t a collaborator For him, any contact short of rebellion by a Frenchman with a Nazi was collaboration I m okay with that But in a wonderful concluding chapter, the author notes the unfairness of government collaborators going unpunished while artists paid severely, even with their lives The author seemed to struggle in the beginning with structure, pretentiousness and style He has a habit, for example, of writing, He it was who The chapters became arranged by art form writing, painters, musicians, theater and film And in those divisions, Spotts tells wonderful anecdotes and quick, pertinent bios In particular, Spotts delivers on Gide, Celine, Cocteau, Picasso and Matisse Sartre and Camus were less fully fleshed out I would have likedon Messiaen, for whom Spotts gives nothan could be found on an album s linear notes Yet, there were numerous artists that I didn t really know that Spotts certainly brought to life Very thought provoking and, overall, well told


  2. Ali Ali says:

    This is a great book on a lesser known aspect of life in France under Nazi occupation It isfocused on Paris than anywhere else, still it does cover the cultural life in Vichy and in provinces as well The narrative is detailed and includes many personal experiences It does not condone collaboration, but it does condemn the excesses after liberation Any by doing so it tried to offer a balanced picture of a very volatile and unstable time in the history of France It is a must read for an This is a great book on a lesser known aspect of life in France under Nazi occupation It isfocused on Paris than anywhere else, still it does cover the cultural life in Vichy and in provinces as well The narrative is detailed and includes many personal experiences It does not condone collaboration, but it does condemn the excesses after liberation Any by doing so it tried to offer a balanced picture of a very volatile and unstable time in the history of France It is a must read for any history lover and any curious mind, who wonders what a Picasso does facing an invader I add my intro in Persian as well


  3. Lawrence Lawrence says:

    This is very much a person by person account of artists by artistic category in Nazi occupied France Told with a journalist s sense of detail and narrative movement, the book works as a general consideration of the role of artists and intellectuals in a society that is at war with a brutal foreign power and, as a result, with itself The moral choices made seem largely dictated by individual personalities in this story That often leaves the broader social and cultural forces that help shap This is very much a person by person account of artists by artistic category in Nazi occupied France Told with a journalist s sense of detail and narrative movement, the book works as a general consideration of the role of artists and intellectuals in a society that is at war with a brutal foreign power and, as a result, with itself The moral choices made seem largely dictated by individual personalities in this story That often leaves the broader social and cultural forces that help shape those choices with a secondary status in the book In that sense, then, the book becomes largely maybe a little too much of a catalog of the good actors and those who acted badly, some of whom get their just punishments and other who don t By presenting the story that way, of course, the personal responsibility of particular individuals seems too frequently to overshadow any collective sense of responsibility That seems to me somewhat dangerous in historical analysis because it could easily lead to too many differentiating their own particular behaviors, activities, roles from these so called bad actors and permit us as a society to delude ourselves that most of us play only an insignificant and therefore largely blameless role in events and our own history


  4. William William says:

    The author is relentless in his research for the truth behind French collaboration during the Nazi occupation This research is difficult not only because much of the truth can take a partial viewpoint but also because the topic still remains terribly sensitive Spotts does an excellent job looking at all possible angles for motivations behind the acts of collaboration or non collaboration Those familiar with French literature, politics, popular culture, etc will, of course, enjoy this book mo The author is relentless in his research for the truth behind French collaboration during the Nazi occupation This research is difficult not only because much of the truth can take a partial viewpoint but also because the topic still remains terribly sensitive Spotts does an excellent job looking at all possible angles for motivations behind the acts of collaboration or non collaboration Those familiar with French literature, politics, popular culture, etc will, of course, enjoy this bookthan those without this knowledge yet the intent is for a general audience, and it is suitable for such I must make a note here, however, that the author s personality does peek through the prose at times excitement, sarcasm, etc but that it is never out of place and is, indeed, quite welcome


  5. AC AC says:

    Somewhat gossipy, anecdotal, the author writes with brio and so is never dull Though there is a section on Sources in the back, there are no footnotes, so it s generally impossible to check the source of the diverse material he presents Also, he s not averse to making snide and very judgmental comments Spotts is quite clearly anti fascist My principal complaint is that the topic, which covers only artists and writers, is a bit narrow At any rate, very worth the read.


  6. Judy McCarver Judy McCarver says:

    This book was informative, but alas so laborious to read I just had a very very hard time getting through it It lacked excitement It was muchacademic in nature.


  7. Caroline Caroline says:

    There s been little written about artists, musicians, writers and intellectuals who lived in Paris at the time of the Nazi Occupation Given how many books have been written about regular residents of Paris, of Occupied and Unoccupied zones in the city, the lack of written material about the individuals who had been very much a part of the cultural identity of Paris, is glaringly sparse.Hitler himself, recognized the importance of culture and encouraged an artistic life among those in Occupied F There s been little written about artists, musicians, writers and intellectuals who lived in Paris at the time of the Nazi Occupation Given how many books have been written about regular residents of Paris, of Occupied and Unoccupied zones in the city, the lack of written material about the individuals who had been very much a part of the cultural identity of Paris, is glaringly sparse.Hitler himself, recognized the importance of culture and encouraged an artistic life among those in Occupied France, but an artistic life dictated by his belief in German cultural supremacy, and one subject to censorship.After the war, the artists and members of the social elite who were known to not only have lived, traded with, entertained or partied with the Occupiers, were denounced as collaborators and heldresponsible for France s defeat than her military and political figures But how does one define collaboration Was it accepting German hospitality to visit or perform in Germany, attending a reception hosted by a German official or even just seeking German approval to publish a book, perform a play or exhibit a painting And how is resistance defined fleeing the country, refusing to publish, to exhibit or to perform Or was it just the opposite staying to fling French culture into the face of the Occupier This is a detailed study of cultural icons such as Matisse, Picasso, Henri Jeansson, Serge Lifar, Jean Cocteau, Marc Chagall and Simone de Beauvoir, and what they did to survive during this period of history, as well as a study of the strategies adopted by the Nazis to encourage if not compel cooperation by the French


  8. Aleksandra Aleksandra says:

    Nie jestem adn znawczyni II wojny wiatowej, we Francji czy gdzie indziej owszem, kojarz wi ksz cz nazwisk artyst w, pisarzy, muzyk w i intelektualist w, wzmiankowanych w ksi ce Spottsa, ale niekoniecznie w kontek cie tego, co robili podczas II wojny wiatowej, w Pary u czy w Vichy czy w innym miejscu na terenie Francji.Generalnie, Spotts deklaruje unikanie oceny, we wst pnych rozdzia ach zadaj c skazane na brak odpowiedzi pytania, co w og le mo na by o zrobi i co w tamtych warunkac Nie jestem adn znawczyni II wojny wiatowej, we Francji czy gdzie indziej owszem, kojarz wi ksz cz nazwisk artyst w, pisarzy, muzyk w i intelektualist w, wzmiankowanych w ksi ce Spottsa, ale niekoniecznie w kontek cie tego, co robili podczas II wojny wiatowej, w Pary u czy w Vichy czy w innym miejscu na terenie Francji.Generalnie, Spotts deklaruje unikanie oceny, we wst pnych rozdzia ach zadaj c skazane na brak odpowiedzi pytania, co w og le mo na by o zrobi i co w tamtych warunkach by o uczciwym wyj ciem wyjazd z kraju ucieczka na wie emigracja wewn trzna wzbogacanie francuskiej kultury jako cichy bunt przeciw okupantom prze ycie w asne i bliskich za wszelk cen To nie znaczy, e zawsze od tej oceny moralnej si od egnuje ale stara si pokaza losy rozmaite i wybory bardzo r ne, pd heroicznej walki Jean Gabin po pe n kolaboracj z przekonania Celine i jednocze nie nie czy oceny etycznej z estetyczn przypomina si fragment o jednym z pomniejszych malarzy, e by wybitnym cz onkiem Ruchu Oporu, ale znacznie mniej wybitnym tw rc Dla mnie jako czytelniczki, ani etyka, ani historyka, podstawowy wniosek z tej lektury jest taki Hitler mia plan uwiedzenia Francji, by mie z ni spok j l ten plan si cz ciowo powi d , a ludzie sztuki c , wi kszo przede wszystkim pr bowa a prze y i jako tam y , z iluzj , e yj jak dawniej Tylko tyle, a tyle


  9. Barbara Heisey Barbara Heisey says:

    Frederic Spotts handles the subject with circumspection, and often provides astute and tart commentary There are few heroes and much cringe worthy behavior It s an admirable study of the dubious behavior of French intellectual and artistic personalities, and their often self serving collaboration with the Nazi occupiers WWII was especially hard for the French sensibility because it served as the basis for its decline as an intellectual center of gravity It also exposed the hollow notions of Frederic Spotts handles the subject with circumspection, and often provides astute and tart commentary There are few heroes and much cringe worthy behavior It s an admirable study of the dubious behavior of French intellectual and artistic personalities, and their often self serving collaboration with the Nazi occupiers WWII was especially hard for the French sensibility because it served as the basis for its decline as an intellectual center of gravity It also exposed the hollow notions of artistic integrity that served as an integral part of the French character It was bad enough that the Nazis were good at pitting intellectuals at one another and creating an environment where conspiracy and cynicism were rampant But the combination of the hyper personal, competitive, snobbish, frivolous and insular world of French intellectual culture made it easy for them to nearly co op, supplant, and ruin what made France the premier exporter of highbrow cultural goods up to the mid 20th century


  10. Wendy Wendy says:

    This is a very interesting account of how visual artist, writers, and actors fared under the German occupation of France during WWII Some collaborated with the Nazi party while others resisted and went into hiding It was shocking to see how Hitler tried to control free thought and freedom of expression In some cases, if the art met the parties standards , it was used to promote the party My one criticism is that I wished there was greater coverage of the visual arts Only one chapter discus This is a very interesting account of how visual artist, writers, and actors fared under the German occupation of France during WWII Some collaborated with the Nazi party while others resisted and went into hiding It was shocking to see how Hitler tried to control free thought and freedom of expression In some cases, if the art met the parties standards , it was used to promote the party My one criticism is that I wished there was greater coverage of the visual arts Only one chapter discusses art in depth


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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation
  • Frederic Spotts
  • English
  • 09 July 2019
  • 0300132905

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