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Françoise Frenkel’s No Place to Lay One’s Head, is an extraordinary story of one woman’s attempt to survive the horrors of Vichy France.

Frenkel owned a French-language bookshop in Berlin which was central to the cultural life of the city well into the 1930s when she was forced to flee after a Nazi raid.  She spent the war hiding in Vichy France and made a final desperate and successful attempt to reach neutral Switzerland, where this memoir was eventually published in 1945. It was rediscovered in an attic in 2010 and published again in 2015. This is the first English-language edition.

Stephanie Smee is the translator of this book and talks to Dr Ludmila Stern.

 

Tickets: $15 / $10 (Pensioner & Under 30s)