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A Quiet American

The Secret War of Varian Fry

Andy Marino

St. Martin's Press

The story of Varian Fry, called the "real Rick" of Casablanca, is perhaps one of the most unknown, yet extraordinary sagas of World War II. This penetrating biography follows Varian Fry through his adult life--from his beginnings in the 1930s as a Harvard graduate and political journalist to his arrival in Marseille in 1940 where he managed to spirit away thousands of Europe's cultural elite by falsifying passports, creating new identities, and always resorting to subterfuge.

The list of those saved includes: Hannah Arendt, Andre Breton, Franz Werful and his wife Alma Mahler, Heinrich Mann, Marc Chagall, Jacques Lipchitz, Andre Masson, and Max Ernst among others.

A Quiet American is an effort to extensively examine the life of a genuine American hero whose political and cultural influence is still largely unacknowledged.

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Quiet American, A
PART 1THE LITTLE PRINCE 
 
CHAPTER 1BEROLINA 
 
RICK: I stick my neck out for nobody.LOUIS: A wise foreign policy.CASABLANCA 
 
 
THE PENSION STERN on Berlin's wide, tree-shaded Kurfurstendamm was more hotel than boardinghouse. The hot and cold water and the telephone in every room were just what an American would expect in the better places back home, and Varian Fry took it as his due. He had arrived in Germany from New York in May 1935 and had chosen the Stern as the base for his travels. He was glad he did. It was cheap
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  • Andy Marino

  • Andy Marino is the author of Herschel: The Boy Who Started World War II. He currently lives in North London.

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The Secret War of Varian Fry

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