Author(s): Alan Riding
On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into a silent and deserted Paris. Eight days later, a humbled France accepted defeat along with foreign occupation. While the swastika now flew over Paris, the City of Light was undamaged, and soon a peculiar kind of normalcy returned as theaters, opera houses, movie theaters, and nightclubs reopened for business. Shedding light on this critical moment of twentieth-century European cultural history, "And the Show Went On "focuses anew on whether artists and writers have a special duty to show moral leadership in moments of national trauma.
For twelve years, Alan Riding was the European cultural correspondent for "The New York Times." He was previously bureau chief for the "Times" in Paris, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City. Riding is the author of "Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans." He continues to live in Paris with his wife, Marlise Simons, a writer for the "Times."