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By Alice Kaplan

A yr in Paris...Since global struggle II, numerous American scholars were lured by means of that imaginative and prescient - and been remodeled by means of their sojourn within the urban of sunshine. Dreaming in French tells 3 tales of that have, and the way it replaced the lives of 3 outstanding American girls. All 3 girls might pass directly to develop into icons, key figures in American cultural, highbrow, and political existence, but if they embarked for France, they have been younger, little recognized, doubtful approximately their destiny, and interested in the tradition, sophistication, and drama that basically Paris may supply. but their backgrounds and their goals could not were extra assorted.

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They were worked to death, killed in experiments, or died of malnutrition and typhus. Some were gassed off-site; some were cremated in the camp’s ovens. Over fifteen thousand inmates had been buried by the Nazis on a hill on the outskirts of the camp, the Leitenberg. American liberators used the same mass grave for 5,400 more corpses they found inside the camp. An announcement that the Bavarian government was going to bulldoze the Leitenberg, erasing any reminder of its existence, was greeted with outrage.

38 26 : Her friends Cordelia and Blaikie had kept their college look: they are wearing the requisite white anklets with long skirts; their hair is waved tightly to their heads; their New England coats are thick and buttoned tight. Blaikie stands in the shadow of the sign, her head tilted out of the way of the metal post, her gloved hands clasped in front of her double-breasted camel coat. Her tall friend Cordelia, to her right, holds a spiral notebook in one hand, straight from the Smith College textbook store—most likely a notebook for lists of new French words, class notes, monuments visited.

30 Although the sister of a notorious collaborator, the landlady was named Fraenkel and had been Chapter One married to a French Jew. Parsing these networks was a history lesson more vivid than anything offered at the Sorbonne. Jacqueline Bouvier’s host family had a history as complex and tragic as any in postwar Paris. The comtesse de Renty and her husband had been members of the conservative Resistance group, Alliance. The Resistance is usually identified with the two movements of communism and Gaullism.

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