Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

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PublicAffairs, Nov 1, 2011 - History - 320 pages
Lisbon had a pivotal role in the history of World War II, though not a gun was fired there. The only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis power operated openly, it was temporary home to much of Europe's exiled royalty, over one million refugees seeking passage to the U.S., and a host of spies, secret police, captains of industry, bankers, prominent Jews, writers and artists, escaped POWs, and black marketeers. An operations officer writing in 1944 described the daily scene at Lisbon's airport as being like the movie "Casablanca," times twenty.

In this riveting narrative, renowned historian Neill Lochery draws on his relationships with high-level Portuguese contacts, access to records recently uncovered from Portuguese secret police and banking archives, and other unpublished documents to offer a revelatory portrait of the War's back stage. And he tells the story of how Portugal, a relatively poor European country trying frantically to remain neutral amidst extraordinary pressures, survived the war not only physically intact but significantly wealthier. The country's emergence as a prosperous European Union nation would be financed in part, it turns out, by a cache of Nazi gold.

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Lisbon is one of our favorite European cities. We can't wait to go back---I can smell the pastries, hear the Fado singers, taste all that gorgeous seafood and wine, and still see the beautiful old ... Read full review

LISBON: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45

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An engaging account of the city of Lisbon during World War II, as dictator António de Oliveira Salazar navigated treacherous diplomatic waters in order to ensure the neutrality of Portugal.Middle East ... Read full review


Title Page Dedication Introduction
Sitting Out the
The Most Beautiful Dictator
Preparing for the Worst
Mixed Messages
Forget About Your Troubles
Wartime Refugees
Retired Outcast
Death of a Hollywood Star
Farewell to Friends
Ancient Alliance
Reluctant Participant
A Painful Set of Negotiations
The Cost of Doing Business
Nazi Gold
Golden Triangle

The Jewish Question
On the
Operation Willi
The Portuguese Banker
Spanish Connections
Secret Jewish Rescue Lists
Double Dealing
Under Pressure
Shocked to Discover That Spying Is Going
The Dossier
Agents and Double Agents
Safehaven and War Criminals
There May Be Trouble Ahead
Should I Stay or Should I
Old Wine into New Bottles

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Neill Lochery, PhD, is a world-renowned source on Israel, the Middle East, and Mediterranean history. He is the author of five books and countless newspaper and magazine articles. He regularly appears on television in the UK, the USA, and the Middle East. He is currently based at University College London and regularly gives talks in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

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