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The Storm Over Paris by William I. Grubman takes place in Nazi occupied France during 1942. It paints a vivid picture of Jewish life under Nazi rule. The story centers around the stealing of art from Jewish collectors.
"The descriptions of life in Paris under Nazi rule are evocative and frightening…" – Kirkus Reviews
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— William Grubman (@William_Grubman) November 15, 2018
Maurice, known as Mori Rothstein is an art dealer, who Hermann Goering, head of the Gestapo, commands to evaluate a huge selection of paintings in the Nazi-occupied Jeu de Paume Museum. Given the choice of appraising priceless pieces of art or having he and his family deported, he chooses the former. Allowed to work in his own gallery, the paintings are delivered to him daily. He realizes they once belonged to his clients, Jews who have disappeared. Adolf Hitler is eager to open a museum in Austria that will feature the most renowned works of classical art, and Goering makes it clear that Mori has no choice but to cooperate with him on the project. Neither free nor a true prisoner, Mori sets about staying on the Nazis’ “good” side, in order to save priceless art and his family.
This suspenseful tale highlights the jeopardy, fear, and courage of the Rothstein family. In order to preserve the precious artwork and keep it out of the Nazi’s hands he concocts a plan to have his talented son, Ėmile, make copies of some of the precious masterpieces in his care. This includes a forged
sketch to offer to Goering for his other son’s release, who was picked up by the French police and the Nazi soldiers as part of the roundup of thousands of Jews.
The novel can be considered more of an alternative history. The Nazis were portrayed on some occasions as being atypically human. It might have been better had Grubman made up a Nazi general instead of using the real people. There is even a scene in the book where Mori is invited to attend a Nazi gala party, allowed to move freely among the leaders.
If readers are willing to put aside the disbelief that Goering could actually have some humanity they can find this story interesting and compelling. It has a nice change of pace by having the Jewish family eventually outwitting the Nazi leaders.
“Using an economy of words and displaying a command of images, Grubman rises to the challenge of such a fast-paced novel.." – @blueinkreview
— William Grubman (@William_Grubman) February 4, 2019
Elise Cooper: How can you portray Goering with any level of humanity?
William I. Grubman: I had this philosophical conversation with my adult son. He said that perception can be deceiving. He showed me a photograph and had his finger over this adult face surrounded by happy children. Then he removed his finger and the face was of Adolf Hitler. With Goering I tried to separate the Nazi from the person. I decided not to focus on the brutality of Goering. Instead of the beast I wanted to expose the man and create a relationship between him and Mori since Goering was a major collector. I am certain that much of the art stolen in France went into his pocket.
EC: How would you describe the relationship between Goering and Mori?
WIG: Intimate but one that Mori struggled with because he knew Goering was a monster. I did not want this to be a war story but an art story. There were times where both treated each other with some respect.
EC: How would you describe Mori?
WIG: I based him on Paul Rosenberg, a famous player in the art world. He is extremely bright, sometimes doubts himself, and struggles with trust.
EC: Can you give a heads up about your next book?
WIG: It will be the son Emile’s story, focusing on the escape and their arrival in New York.
The Storm over Paris by William Ian Grubman (Author)
Winner of the 2019 Indie Reader Discovery Award in Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
“A dark, gripping historical thriller” – Kirkus Reviews
It’s 1942 in Nazi-Occupied Paris. Mori Rothstein is a widely-respected, internationally-known art dealer, loving husband, and father. Mori’s once-charmed life darkens when Hermann Goering – the head of the Nazi Gestapo and one of the most feared men alive – seeks out his expertise.
Goering gives Mori a choice: appraise priceless pieces of art that will be deported to Hitler’s new museum or risk his and his family’s lives. As his friends and fellow Jews disappear one by one, Mori must decide what he will stand for and at what cost.
With so much at stake, Mori and his son concoct a risky plan to save some of history’s greatest pieces of art…but can it possibly work? And can Mori’s family possibly survive the scrutiny of Goering and the horrors of Nazi occupation?
Fans of Daniel Silva, Dan Brown, and John Grisham will fall in love with this gripping piece of World War II historical fiction. The action and intrigue makes this page-turner impossible to put down; the cast of characters make it impossible to forget.
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros
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The Storm over Paris by William Ian Grubman (Author)
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