Today, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore are remembered for their major contribution to avant-garde photography. But there is another aspect to their lives and art; during World War II, these French lesbians—born Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe—developed "paper bullets," sly broadsides opposing Hitler. In their adopted home on the occupied British Channel Island of Jersey, the women slipped their notes into Nazi soldiers' pockets or tucked them inside newsstand magazines. Even after being captured by the Germans, Jeffrey Jackson explains in this "tense and tender" biography (Washington Post), the duo reached out to other prisoners to spread a message of hope.
"This is a Nazi resistance story like none you've ever heard or read, a story with two unlikely heroines who risked their lives in their subversive—and often wildly creative—struggle to face down evil. [This book] prompts us to explore the boundaries of art, love, gender, and politics—and to question the true meaning of courage."—Hampton Sides