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Vintage Readers Guide to Suite Française
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Exhibition and Symposium

Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under Nazi Occupation

D. Samuel and Jeane H. Gottesman Exhibition Hall
The New York Public Library

Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street

April 3-July 25, 2009

 

Between Collaboration and Resistance documents the tumultuous, often dangerous challenges faced by writers and other public intellectuals in Nazi-controlled France. Personal correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, books, and posters--most displayed for the first time in the United States--illustrate the contrasting, sometimes complex response from writers such as Gide, Sartre, and Céline to the country's defeat and the Vichy regime.

 

This exhibition has been organized by the Institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaine (IMEC) and The New York Public Library, with the cooperation of the Mémorial de Caen.

 

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Click here for more information about the related symposium on Friday, April 3.

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WOMAN OF LETTERS IS CO-PRODUCED WITH
INSTITUT MÉMOIRES DE L’ÉDITION CONTEMPORAINE.


This exhibition is made possible through generous funding from: American Express, David Berg Foundation, and the Grand Marnier Foundation; leadership gifts from: Nancy Fisher, Fanya Gottesfeld Heller, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with the generous support of The September 11th Fund, and The Robert Sillins Family Foundation; and additional support provided by: The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Alexis Gregory Foundation, The Felix & Elizabeth Rohatyn Foundation, Howard J. Rubenstein, and L’Avion. Rotunda Salon furnished courtesy of Ligne Roset.


All translations of Irène Némirovsky's novels, letters, and journals by Sandra Smith.


This website is made possible with the generous support of the Nash Family Foundation.


Public Programs in conjunction with the exhibition

 

Past Events

Novelists and 9/ 11

With Claire Messud, The Emperor's Children; Deborah Eisenberg, Twilight of the Superheroes; and Siri Hustvedt, The Sorrows of an American

What happens when serious fiction incorporates the newsworthy and traumatic events of the day? Inspired by Irène Némirovsky and her accounts of the occupation of France, novelists will discuss the challenges of writing about 9/11.

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HIding in plain sight: Pre- and Post-War French Cinema

Curated by Professor Dudley Andrew, Yale University


The series begins with the first showing of David Golder since its original premiere in 1930. The series continues with a look at how the Nazi occupation of France influenced French cinema long after the war had ended, and how filmmakers took on the task of exploring complex and often controversial topics about this period of French history.

January 18: David Golder; Les Jeux Interdits

January 21: Lacombe, Lucien

January 25: Stavisky; Monsieur Klein

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IRÈNE NÉMIROVSKY AND THE JEWISH QUESTION

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With Ruth Franklin, editor, The New Republic; Susan Suleiman, professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University; and Maurice Samuels, Professor of French, Yale University

Our panel of literary critics and scholars held a fascinating discussion about the enigmatic and complex woman who was Irène Némirovsky, a novelist whose death in Auschwitz left behind not only an epic unfinished novel, but heated controversies that continue to cast shadows over her life and work.

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IRÈNE NÉMIROVSKY: A DAUGHTER'S DISCOVERY

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With Denise Epstein, daughter of Irène Némirovsky, interviewed by Professor Sandra Smith, Némirovsky’s translator

Fifty years after her mother’s death, Denise Epstein discovered and transcribed the first two parts of the remarkable, unfinished five-part novel, Suite Française, now a worldwide bestseller. Denise will discuss her mother’s life and work with Némirovsky translator and literature professor Sandra Smith.

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JEWS IN VICHY FRANCE


With Michael Marrus, Dean of Graduate Studies and the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto, and Robert O. Paxton, Robert O. Mellon Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus, Columbia University

In 1941, the Vichy government worked with the Nazis to begin rounding up Jews for the concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1944, nearly 76,000 Jews were deported to concentration camps from France.

These world-renowned scholars and authors of Vichy France and the Jews will provide historical context for the experience of Irène Némirovsky and other Jews of France during World War II.

This program is made possible by a generous gift from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education.

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THE LIFE OF IRÈNE NÉMIROVSKY

 

Salon conversation with author Olivier Philipponnat, interviewed by Ivy Barsky, Museum deputy director

 

Olivier Philipponnat, the French biographer of Irène Némirovsky, will discuss recent research into Némirovsky’s life and the discovery of intimate diaries, personal reflections and correspondence, as well as interviews and testimonials from her family and colleagues.

Presented in association with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Délégation générale de l'Alliance Française aux États-Unis.


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The Journal of HÉLÈne Berr

(Weinstein Books, 2008)

 

A conversation with Mariette Job, niece of Hélène Berr, interviewed by David Bellos, translator of the book

 

Kept as a family heirloom until its publication in 2007, Hélène Berr’s journal begins in the spring of 1942 and recounts her life as a Jew in Paris under the Occupation. This compelling narrative ends two years later, when she and her family were deported to Auschwitz. Ms. Berr died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945, just two weeks before British troops liberated the camp.

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