Book Talk: Codename Suzette: An Extraordinary Story of Resistance and Rescue in Nazi Paris

The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London

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The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square Marylebone WC1B 5DP
When:Event passed!
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Mon 26th Mar 2018

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Where:The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:18:30 - 20:00
Admission:Free, booking essential.

About the event

Suzanne Spaak was born into an affluent Belgian Catholic family and married into the country's leading political dynasty. Her brother-in-law was the prime minister while her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter René Magritte. In occupied Paris she mingled with the cultural elite including Colette and Jean Cocteau. But Suzanne was living a double life.

Her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life's purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups 'kidnapped' hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers.

Codename Suzette is a masterpiece of research and narrative, bringing to life a truly remarkable woman and painting a vivid and unforgettable picture of wartime Paris.

Official Link: https://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/Whats-On?item=386



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