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Villa Air-Bel: World War II, Escape, and a House in Marseille

Authors: Sullivan, Rosemary
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
BISAC/Subject: HIS000000, HIS037070, HIS043000, HIS022000
ISBN: 9781443402569, Related ISBNs: 1443402567, 9781443402569
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 496,
Audience: General/trade

“Rosemary Sullivan goes beyond the confines of Air-Bel to tell a fuller story of France during the tense years from 1933 to 1941. . . . A moving tale of great sacrifice in tumultuous times.” — Publishers Weekly

Paris 1940. Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Consuelo de Saint-Exupery, and scores of other cultural elite denounced as enemies of the conquering Third Reich, live in daily fear of arrest, deportation, and death. Their only salvation is the Villa Air-Bel, a chateau outside Marseille where a group of young people, financed by a private American relief organization, will go to extraordinary lengths to keep them alive. In Villa Air-Bel, Rosemary Sullivan sheds light on this suspenseful, dramatic, and intriguing story, introducing the brave men and women who use every means possible to stave off the Nazis and the Vichy officials, and goes inside the chateau’s walls to uncover the private worlds and the web of relationships its remarkable inhabitants developed.

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