In the historical thriller Thieves of Paris, daring Max St. Denis, ex-soldier, ex-thief, vows to steal back from the Nazis a beloved Rothschild painting entrusted to his care. But he needs the help of Rose Valland, the only French person in the depot for Nazi loot, and beautiful Hannah Kiesler, a Hungarian Zionist. At first, they refuse their help, until he commits his bravery and wits to a wider cause. He helps Rose document Nazi theft, mainly from Jewish owners. Against the ever-increasing Jewish Statutes that dispossess the rich, throw the middle-class out of work, and round up impoverished Orthodox immigrants, he takes on dangerous missions. Arrayed against his cause are the thieveries of Paris — in Hitler’s orders, Goering’s avarice, Vichy French laws that pauperize Jews, and neighbors’ casual thefts from missing Jewish neighbors. Instead of feeling shame for his stealing, Max now goes for high stakes: to become the best thief in Paris, snatching endangered Jews from deportation to Auschwitz.
Thieves of Paris
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2021
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