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Paper Bullets : Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis


10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
10:00am Hawaii / 1:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm Eastern
Federation of Alliances Françaises USA
In English

Please join us for a discussion with author Jeffrey H. Jackson, an expert on European history and culture who teaches at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, to discuss his new book, Paper Bullets : Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis.

Paper Bullets, by Jackson, is the first to tell a little-known WWII story of an anti-Nazi campaign undertaken by two French women in his gripping book. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe were gender norm-defying artists, better known by their artist names Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, who used their art to courageously defy the Nazi occupation of their chosen home, the British Channel Island of Jersey. Over the course of four years, Schwob and Malherbe wrote and distributed anti-Hitler notes, insults and calls to desert – a tactic known as “Paper Bullets”- written under the disguise of a Nazi soldier called “The Soldier with No Name,” meant to sway other soldiers from believing in the Nazi rhetoric.

Jeffrey H. Jackson is Professor of History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. An expert on European history and culture, he is the author of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 and Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris. He has appeared in documentary films and helped develop “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story” for PBS’s Great Performances.

This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members, AATF members, and invited guests of the presenter. Non-members or persons who have no AF chapter nearby can purchase tickets ($10). Click here to register.