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Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris, Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s Anne Sebba Wednesday 26 September 2018

Les Parisiennes is a story about women's lives during the dark years of Nazi occupation and beyond. They include British and American women caught in Paris as well as native born resisters who were eventually sent to camps. Some were courtiers and jewellers, actors, singers and housewives; others active agents, exposed to deadly peril. This talk opens with a magnificent surrealist ball at Versailles: many could not believe that war was imminent. It ends with Dior's lavish new look in 1947 and his perfume, Miss Dior, named after his sister who only just survived a prison camp.

Anne Sebba is a writer, broadcaster and historian and lectures to a variety of audiences in the US and UK. She read history at King's College London and then joined Reuters as a foreign correspondent based in London and Rome. Anne is an acclaimed author of nine books including biographies of 'Jennie Churchill: Winston's American Mother' and 'That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor'.