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Photo Exhibit Shows Happy People Under Nazi Rule

A recent exhibition of photographs in France has proved to be both timely and controversial. The exhibit dealt with the Nazi occupation of Paris. But its pictures were of apparently happy people going about their lives as normal — not a country under brutal military occupation.

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Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in 2004 as a freelance journalist, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy. Since then, she has steadily worked her way to becoming an integral part of the NPR Europe reporting team.