David Leroy Explores the Emotional Impact of Researching WWII

Joanne at Jo-Jo Loves to Read hosts David LeRoy, who talks about his first novel, The Siren of Paris. LeRoy did extensive research for this book about the German occupation of France and the French resistance, learning what life was like for ordinary people trapped by the war. In this article, he talks about the intense emotional impact of doing this research. Here is a snippet:

Once I got past the clichés and well known aspects of the war, and down to personal stories, I was even more shocked.  The main image I’d had of the French Resistance was blowing up trains and smuggling things, and I had the impression that it was a well organized underground movement.  However, this was not accurate.  In the early days of the resistance, it was nothing more than everyday people, who were taking extraordinary risks to pass out papers, or smuggle downed airmen.  Many of these people did not survive the war.  None of them were trained by a secret British Intelligence group or working spies.  They were students, teachers, ministers, housewives, and retired people.  Yes, people in retirement, engaging in smuggling downed airmen out of Paris and running back and forth to the border.  Not some handsome, slick and sexy 23-year old-man from Hollywood, but two women in their mid-60’s with three dogs and a black Renault taking hand-offs from a Catholic priest in the north.  At least until they were caught.  The American woman was traded back to America as a spy, the Catholic priest went to Mauthausen Concentration Camp where he died, and the British woman was shot. 

Please read the entire post here: http://jo-jolovestoread.blogspot.com/2012/07/blog-tour-and-guest-post-siren-of-paris.html

For more information about this virtual book tour, please see: https://bookpromotionservices.com/2012/05/22/siren-of-paris-tour/ To order a copy of The Siren of Paris for Kindle, for $4.99, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0088CA098.

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