Saturday, June 20, 2015

Genevieve Tabouis - French Journalist

Genevieve Tabouis - French Journalist in 1938

Genevieve Tabouis was the diplomatic columnist for the Parisian daily newspaper L'Oeuvre. She is a historic character in my historical fiction novels "Betrayal in Europe: Paris 1938" and "Paris 1935: Destiny's Crossroads." She was an incisive, sharp-witted journalist unafraid to speak truth to power.

Tabouis is somewhat fictionalized in Betrayal in Europe because I wanted to flesh out this fascinating woman who came from a family of leading French diplomats. Her book "They Called Me Cassandra" was published in exile in New York in 1942 and recounts her career from the 1920s up until the day in the summer of 1940 when she climbed up a boarding ladder to a British freighter off Bordeaux that took her into exile.

This photo is scanned from the cover of her 1938 political book detailing the tactics of the dictators Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini titled "Blackmail or War."

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