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Hemingway, Mary, the Ritz, and Life in Paris, 1944

Oblivious to the courts martial he would face just a few weeks hence, Hemingway couldn't believe how, after four years of German rule Paris showed few outward signs of change. It was as if the City of Light had existed in a time capsule, which it had in effect, with the Allies and the German's agreeing not to bomb or shell the city, or at least no more than was necessary.
Life in Paris had gone on pretty much as usual between 1940 and 1944, with The Moulin Rouge, and the Folies Bergere, along with most of the other clubs, bars, and restaurants - plus the swank stores and boutiques - open and doing good business. Think of London, New York or San Francisco and ask yourself what they might have done in the same circumstances. International French singing stars such as Maurice Chevalier, Edith Piaf, and jazz musician Django Reinhardt, had decided to remain in the city and perform in front of German audiences. Contradictions on every corner, in every home.
Chevalier found it a hard c…