Ronald Rosbottom - "When Paris Went Dark"
One of the defining events of World War II, the Nazi occupation of Paris, is the subject of professor and author Ronald C. Rosbottom’s new narrative When Paris Went Dark. Join New Canaan Library in welcoming Mr. Rosbottom on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 when he will speak about his book and the topic. The talk, which is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books, will take place at 7:00 p.m in the Adrian Lamb Room.
Paris, the City of Light, was silent and almost deserted when German tanks rolled into it on June 14, 1940. A week later, Paris was defeated and occupied. While many Parisians adapted to the troubling state of occupation, a strong, united resistance movement began to build – encompassing citizens from all walks of life and despite differences in politics, religion, age and gender. The resistance movement, which included cultural icons such as Colette, de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre, as well as police officers, teachers, students, and store owners-rallied to and looked to the leadership of French military officer, Charles de Gaulle. Meticulously researched through a range of resources, including diaries, archives, interviews, photographs and film, Mr. Rosbottom has written an illuminating book that describes the dark years of Paris and its courageous citizens.
Ronald C. Rosbottom is a Professor at Amherst College, where he holds the Winifred Arms Professorship in the Arts and Humanities and is a professor of French and European studies. In addition to the publication of When Paris Went Dark, he has published well over a hundred articles and book reviews, has edited three essay collections and has written two monographs on French novelists.