Event details

Followed by a panel discussion with Dr Daniel Lee (History, Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Ludivine Broch (History, University of Westminster), moderated by Professor Dan Stone (History, Royal Holloway, University of London).

Attending this event

Dan Stone

Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Histories of the Holocaust (OUP, 2010), The Liberation of the Camps (Yale, 2015) and Concentration Camps: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2019). He is currently completing a book on the International Tracing Service and working on a book on the Holocaust for Penguin’s revived Pelican series.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee is a historian of the Second World War and a specialist in the history of Jews in France and North Africa during the Holocaust. He taught at Queen Mary, University of London. Lee’s first book, Pétain’s Jewish Children, examined the experiences of Jewish youth under the Vichy regime. His second book, The SS Officer’s Armchair, to be published next year, reconsiders daily life under the Swastika by exploring the life of a low-ranking SS officer whose personal papers were recently discovered concealed within an armchair. Lee also heads a team of researchers that examines how contemporary Tunisians remember the country’s Jewish past.

Ludivine Broch

Ludivine Broch is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Westminster. Specialising on France in the Second World War, her first book Ordinary Workers, Vichy and the Holocaust (CUP, 2016) examined the complicated history of French railwaymen under German Occupation, and explored the debates around their roles in the French Resistance and the Holocaust. She has written more broadly about the French resistance and memory. Her current research, which will form the basis of her second book, focusses on material culture and emotions in the immediate postwar. Broch is an Editor of Contemporary European History and an Associate of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

Films screening at this event

Chichinette: The Accidental Spy

original title
Chichinette - Wie ich zufällig Spionin wurde
Director
Nicola Alice Hens
Country
France, Germany
Year
2019
Duration
86 min

It is only now, at the age of 98, that French Jewish Marthe Cohn can talk freely about her experience as a spy during the war. Known at the time as Chichinette, she was recruited as a young woman by the French army and sent to gather intelligence from inside Germany. At four and a half feet tall, Cohn – then as today – may not look like much of a threat, but her incredible bravery and resourcefulness contributed to the Nazis’ eventual defeat. The Accidental Spy is as dynamic as the woman whose extraordinary story it tells.