The Lisbon Route: Entry and Escape in Nazi Europe

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Government Institutes, May 16, 2011 - History - 376 pages
The Lisbon Route tells of the extraordinary World War II transformation of Portugal's tranquil port city into the great escape hatch of Nazi Europe. Royalty, celebrities, diplomats, fleeing troops, and ordinary citizens desperately slogged their way across France and Spain to reach the neutral nation. As well as offering freedom from war, Lisbon provided spies, smugglers, relief workers, military figures, and adventurers with an avenue into the conflict and its opportunities. Yet an ever-present shadow behind the gaiety was the fragile nature of Portuguese neutrality.
 

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The book delivers entry-points for the reader who is not familiar with Portugal or its role in WWII as a neutral country with traditional alliances with England. After a slow start, it becomes more ... Read full review

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A collection of very many short stories about people who passed through Lisbon during World War II. Light on analysis; interesting at times for the poignancy of the stories. Also gives stories of the famous who passed through Lisbon, or stayed almost for their remaining lives. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 01 Hub of the Western Universe
1
Chapter 02 Tramping Forward
27
Chapter 03 Whatever We Can
53
Chapter 04 The Last Lap
77
Chapter 05 Gaiety Plenty and Brilliant Lights
95
Chapter 06 Living There
121
Chapter 07 Celebrité de Passage
143
Chapter 08 Holding Out Hopes
171
Chapter 11 The Seething Cauldron
231
Chapter 12 One World to Another
251
Chapter 13 Wolfram By Day
277
Chapter 14 Where to Spend Ones Holiday
293
Acknowledgments
305
Notes
307
Sources
339
Index
349

Chapter 09 Gloriously Neutral
193
Chapter 10 War Without Guns
209

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Ronald Weber is professor emeritus of American studies at the University of Notre Dame. His past books include News of Paris, America in Change, The Literature of Fact, and Hired Pens. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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