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A Bookshop in Berlin : One Woman’s Flight from the Nazis

Francoise Frenkel, Stephanie Smee
Format: Paperback
Published: January 25, 2024
ISBN: 9781805330318
304 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


In 1921, Françoise Frenkel – a Jewish woman from Poland – opens Berlin’s first French bookshop. It is a dream come true. The bookshop attracts artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. It brings Françoise peace, friendship and prosperity. Then, in the summer of 1939, the dream ends and Françoise begins a desperate, headlong flight from Nazi persecution.

Unfolding in Berlin, Paris and against the stunning landscapes of southern France, A Bookshop in Berlin is a heart-breaking tale of human cruelty and unending kindness – and of a woman whose lust for life refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hours.

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