“In exile, the café is the one place where life goes on.”
Hermann Kesten wrote this about his exile to Sanary-sur-Mer, France in the 1930s. Many German and Austrian writers fled here during the rise of Nazism. These included Bertold Brecht, Thomas Mann, Lion Feuchtwanger and Stefan Zweig, among others. We will focus our Paris café talk on the lives and writings of a few of these intellectuals in exile in Sanary.
We will also turn our attention to Marseille and an American man named Varian Fry. During a 13-month period from 1940 to 1941, Fry and a small group of volunteers arranged for the illegal, and sometimes very dramatic, escapes of artists and intellectuals to the United States.
The Memorial de la Shoah is a museum and memorial dedicated to helping visitors better understand the genocide of Jews during World War II. If you wish to visit the Holocaust memorial before the talk, there is a free guided tour in English for individuals from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.
Photos courtesy of Memorial de la Shoah
Visit coordinator: Wendy Dubreuil is a true Francophile, married to a French man. She holds a BA in French and a MA in International Communication from the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC and has extensive international experience, including work with the U.N.