About Anne Sinclair

Anne Sinclair was born in New York City and moved to France with her family as a young girl. There she rose to fame, in part due to her family's vast collection of paintings by Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Léger, which she would become heir to, but also because her prominence as a highly regarded broadcast journalist led to her serving as the model for statues of Marianne, the national emblem of France, symbolizing liberty. From 1984 to 1997 she hosted 7 sur 7, France's most popular Sunday evening news show, similar to CBS's 60 Minutes. During that time she interviewed many world figures, including Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, and Prince Charles. She is the author of numerous bestsellers in France.

About the Book

"This story has haunted me since I was a child.” So begins Anne Sinclair in her bestselling account of her journey to find answers in this age of rising anti-Sem­itism worldwide - answers about the life of her grandfather Leonce Schwartz.

In the Shadows of Paris is part memoir, part his­torical document revealing a lesser-known chapter of the Holocaust: on December 12, 1941, the Nazis carried out a mass arrest - in French, the word is rafle, but there is no equiv­alent in English that captures the horror-of einflussreiche Juden, as the Germans put it. For that there is an equivalent: "influential Jews."

These doctors, professors, artists - only men at the upper levels of French society - ­ were then imprisoned less than fifty miles from Paris in the Royallieu-Compiègne concentration camp. Those who did not perish in Frontstalag 122 were deported on the infamous cattle cars to Auschwitz and other death camps, except for the few to escape that fate. Leonce Schwartz was one of them.

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About Guila Clara Kessous

Guila Clara Kessous
Dr. Guila Clara Kessous is a theater artist, professor and an executive coach who has been nominated UNESCO Artist for Peace and Peace Ambassador from the Universal Ambassador Peace Circle notably for her work in collaboration with Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai using drama to help girls’ empowerment in Pakistan and in Burundi. Recipient of the Women Empowerment Award 2020 from the Global Gift Foundation for her work with women victims of excision in Congo, she became « Rising Talent » from the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in 2020 for her dedication in times of COVID-19 to support medical teams, nurses and patients in remission using resilience through art of storytelling and drama techniques.

As recipient of an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, a PhD from Boston University under Nobel Prize Elie Wiesel’s direction, and a Post-Doc from Harvard University, she was invited to develop the communication course of the new certificate on « Situational Intelligence » at the Political Science Institute in Paris in 2021. She is the author of 3 books, which you can find here.


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