Page 427. " I have my wife at home. It is difficult for all of us "
The Brothel
Public DomainThe Brothel - Credit: Vincent van Gogh

The German officer may have assumed Charlotte, alone in a hotel, was a prostitute.  During the Occupation, the top brothels in Paris were reserved for German officers and French collaborators. Herman Goering, head of the Luftwaffe, was a visitor to Le Chabanais, a famously luxurious establishment.


Page 430. " On the Boulevard St Germain the green and white municipal buses moved with unchallenged ease "

Paris under the Occupation was in some ways barely unchanged, as the photographs in this exhibition demonstrate: Oh What A Lovely War!

Page 445. " Pitchipoi!” "

Pitchipoi was a real word for an imaginary place.  A number of Holocaust survivors referred to it, although the word meant different things for different people.