This penetrating biography follows the adult life of Varian Fry, called the "American Schindler", from his beginnings as a Harvard graduate to his arrival as a journalist in Marseille in 1940. There, he falsified passports, creating new identities for 2,000 of Europe's greatest artists, writers musicians, and intellectuals to save them from the Nazis. Photos.
The story of Varian Fry, called the "real Rick" of Casablanca, is perhaps one of the most unknown, yet extraordinary sagas of World War II. This penetrating biography follows Varian Fry through his adult life--from his beginnings in the 1930s as a Harvard graduate and political journalist to his arrival in Marseille in 1940 where he managed to spirit away thousands of Europe's cultural elite by falsifying passports, creating new identities, and always resorting to subterfuge.
The list of those saved includes: Hannah Arendt, Andre Breton, Franz Werful and his wife Alma Mahler, Heinrich Mann, Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Andre Masson, and Max Ernst among others.
"A Quiet American" is an effort to extensively examine the life of a genuine American hero whose political and cultural influence is still largely unacknowledged.
About the Author :
Andy Marino has contributed to A Quiet American: The Secret War of Varian Fry as an author.
Andy Marino is the author of "Herschel: The Boy Who Started World War II," He currently lives in North London.
|Title:||A Quiet American: The Secret War of Varian Fry||Publisher:||St. Martin's Griffin|
|No. of Pages:||416|
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