Suzy Solidor: Hostess of the Resistance?
par M Wook, gentilhomme et contrefasciste
Suzy Solidor, 1900-83, was a successful French chanteuse, openly polysexual & who owned a nightclub, la Vie Parisienne, that was immensely popular with the upper echelons of the Kraut military during the 1940-4 Occupation.
The picture posted here, however, is not of Solidor, herself, but of Franco-Polish artist Tamara de Lempicke, who painted a famous portrait — one of many, including an image by Picasso! — of Solidor & all of which were hung in la Vie Parisienne, not least to awe & just knock over the leering wartime Heinie clientle.
Traduced after the war as a collaborator with the Nazis, Suzy Solidor be it remembered superintended a night spot in which the French resistance, members of l’Orchestre Rouge & various rival cutthroat Gestapo & Abwehr gangs played the most intricate & appalling games of espionage against one another.
In the end, though, these games resulted in the liberation of Paris — and, alas, the postwar legal prosecution, and very possibly, persecution of Suzy Solidor.
One “crime” to lay her low was her recording in 1941 of a French-language version of the German “Lili Marlene,” sung also be it noted in English on the Allied side of the fence, by Vera Lynn in England & Marlene Dietrich, in the Land of the Round Doorknobs.
But, a tougher & wiser Solidor comes through in her 1934 “les filles de Saint-Malo”:
Altogether, then, the wartime Germans who actually came to la Vie Parisienne had to have been, certainly by comparison to the French, an awful load of popeyed goofs & sometimes-grinning, sometimes-brutal, and ALWAYS outclassed hicks & absolutely Christawful irredemptible yahoos!
[M Bodwyn Wook
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[25 Juin 2014]