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The Land of Desire: French History and Culture

50 EpisodesProduced by Diana StegallWebsite

Weird, wacky and wonderful stories from French history


53. Women At War 1: The Exile (Elisabeth Kaufmann)


“We decided to take only precious items. But what did we have that was precious?”

Jackie DeCol, Parisian refugee

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new miniseries on a subject extremely near and dear to my heart: Women In War! For the next few weeks I’ll be focusing on the experiences of women in France during World War II: fighting the resistance, collaborating with the Nazis, keeping children alive against the odds, and trying to figure out the right way to live in a world that seemed upside down. The idea of this series first took shape before I even began this podcast, and I’m thrilled to bring it to you now.

We’re beginning at the end – the end of the Third Republic, that is. The Nazis have made it to the gates of Paris, and a 16 year old girl named Elisabeth Kaufmann must decide to stay or flee. 

Episode 53: “Women At War 1: The Exile (Elisabeth Kaufmann)”

Elisabeth Kaufmann

Elisabeth’s diary miraculously survived the war, including her wartime watercolors of fleeing Parisians. Here’s an example below – I’ll include more in the next newsletter.


The subject of women in wartime is especially overlooked, and so much amazing historical scholarship has come out even in recent years. I’ll be sharing my full reading list in the newsletter, but here are some of the most important sources for this week’s episode:

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