Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance, and Daily Life in Occupied Paris by Jean Guéhenno and David Ball
Jean Guehenno wrote this diary while living under Nazi rule in occupied Paris.A teacher, left wing intellectual and political critic, he was fiercely anti-facist. He refused to publish anything while the Nazis were in control, but he kept a secret diary in which he recorded his thoughts, his emotional and moral resistance while commenting on the events that were taking place. His entries reveal his shame at the way in which the Vichy Government collaborated with the Nazis.
Jean Guehenno did not ignore any of the horrors including the savage repression, anti-Semitism, and his disgust with fellow intellectuals who wrote as if nothing was happening or who praised the Nazis. It paints an intriguing picture of life in Paris during those four dark years when hope was at its lowest, and then the realization that the fight back had begun.
His diary has become one of the most quoted pieces of literature relating to life in occupied Paris and in this, the first English translation, it is easy to see why.
David Ball is to be congratulated on the monumental task which will ensure that this record reaches an even wider international audience.