A Quiet American

A Quiet American

The Secret War of Varian Fry

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312203566
Branch Call Number: History 940.548 Mar


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Mar 26, 2017

A very thoughtful and compelling account of the difficulties one man - Varian Fry - faced over the period of one year to assist intellects and artists who were escaping persecution of Nazi Germany as well as those who had been connected to the Weimar Republic and the Social Democrats and the difficulties he faced with the Vichy government officials as well as those here in the states.
My personal interest in this monumental endeavour was due to one Erika Mueller Biermann - the daughter of Hermann Mueller (the last President of the Reichtag under the Weimar); Ms. Muller, as I knew her, became a teacher in a private girls' boarding school in the Massachusetts Berkshires - teaching History of Art (and French or German) - I had the very hood fortune of learning from her.


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