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No Way Out: The Irish in Wartime France, 1939-1945 (Paperback)
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No Way Out: The Irish in Wartime France, 1939-1945 (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 14/07/2017
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The experiences of the Irish in France during the war were overshadowed by the threat of internment or destitution. Up to 2,000 Irish people were stuck in occupied France after the defeat by Nazi Germany in June 1940. This population consisted largely of governesses and members of religious orders, but also the likes of Samuel Beckett, as well as a few individuals who managed to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and ended up in internment camps (or worse). The book examines the engagement of the Irish in various forms of resistance. It also reveals that the attitude of some of the Irish towards the German occupiers was not always as clear-cut as politically correct discourse would like to suggest.There are fascinating revelations, most notably that Ireland's diplomatic representative in Paris sold quantities of wine to Hermann Goering; that Irish passports were given out very liberally (including to a convicted British rapist); that, in the early part of the war, some Irish ended up in internment camps in France and, through the slowness of the Irish authorities to intervene, were subsequently sent to concentration camps in Germany; and that a couple of Irish people faced criminal proceedings in France after the Liberation because of their wartime dealings with the Germans.

Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781781174876
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 215 x 135 mm


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Isadore Ryan's passion for the era and for the city of Paris, where much of the book unfolds, is evident on every page of this encyclopedic study. From society grandees to the all but destitute, Ryan's study paints a portrait of a community within a community and brings to light its travails for the first time. -- Cahir O'Doherty "Irish Voice"
An inherently fascinating and informative read from beginning to end, it is interesting to note that Isadore Ryan is a financial journalist and editor, resident in Paris for over 20 years. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century European History collections. -- Wisconsin Bookwatch "Wisconsin Bookwatch"

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