Steven Lehrer. Wartime Sites in Paris: 1939-1945. New York: SF Tafel Publishers, 2013. 335 pp. $12.30 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4922-9292-0.
Reviewed by Michael Neiberg
Published on H-War (September, 2014)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey
The Secrets of Paris
Perhaps no city in Europe keeps its secrets as well as Paris. A visitor to the city can stroll the chic avenue Foch and admire the lovely mansions of some of the city’s wealthiest residents. No sign will point them to the house where the Gestapo had both torture chambers and elegant reception rooms for hosting VIPs. The Germans tortured journalist and French resistance leader Pierre Brossolette in that mansion on the avenue Foch for three days. He threw himself out of one of its windows and onto the cement three stories below rather than reveal the names of any of his comrades....