- The Shameful Peace : Frederic Spotts :
- The Shameful Peace : How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation
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Cocteau comes off as too strange to be regarded as a standard collaborator — but too perversely active to be judged as entirely innocent.
The Shameful Peace : Frederic Spotts :
In the Unoccupied Zone, painters worked more or less as they did before the invasion. Painters seem to interest Spotts more than writers, and though figures like Sartre and Camus thematically frame his narrative, The Shameful Peace is somewhat more invested in the corrosive effects of the occupation on the grand edifice of French painting. But Spotts comments on many other figures, often noting with irony how they turned out after the war — and how widely punishments varied for those found guilty of treason. Some battled to have enough to eat and a place to hide.
The Shameful Peace : How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation
Some fought for spiritual and creative freedom. Maurice Chevalier, who like Edith Piaf sang for the Nazis in the bustling night clubs, claimed the proof of his loyalty was that he never spoke the German language during the war. His country people, proud and guilty and ready to forget the war, agreed with him. Contrary to the claim of this article, Maurice Blanchot's piece on Terrorism as a Method of Public Safety appeared in Combat in July, , and can in no way be treated as a wartime text.
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