Established in 1898 in the heart of Paris on the Place Vend+¦me, the H+¦tel Ritz instantly became an icon of the city frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqu+¬ flappers, politicians, playboys, and princes. In June 1940, when France fell to the Germans, orders from Berlin specified that the H+¦tel Ritz would be the only luxury hotel of its kind in occupied Paris.Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin-de-si+¿cle Paris to the modern era. The Hotel on Place Vend+¦me chronicles life at the Ritz during wartime, when the hotel simultaneously served as headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarschall Hermann G+¦ring, and home to wealthy patrons (and the spies among them) who stayed on in Paris.Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace's suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery, in which refugees were hidden in secret rooms, a Jewish bartender passed coded messages for the German resistance, and Wehrmacht officers plotted to assassinate the F++hrer. The result is the story of The Hotel on Place Vend+¦me-a singular season at the world-class hotel, an intimate and riveting portrait of the last days of the Second World War.
The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris
Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris
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