An Irrepressible Woman (Je ne rêve que de vous) traces the love story of Janot Reichenbach and Léon Blum during the WWII Occupation of France. Blum, the Jewish French socialist politician and three-time Prime Minister, was arrested under Pétain’s orders for not having properly supported the French army in its defense against the German invasion. As a result, Reichenbach gave up her comfortable life to link her destiny to that of Blum. Discussion will include an analysis of Blum’s enduring legacy despite anti-semitism in France, how Reichenbach’s actions are viewed, and the difference between the original French film title [Je ne rêve que de vous (I Dream Only of You)] and the official English title of An Irrepressible Woman.
Led by Eileen M. Angelini, named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in August 2011, received her B.A. in French from Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Studies from Brown University (Providence, RI). A 2010-2011 Fublright Scholar and a 2013-2017 Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Angelini is presently Associate Dean of the School for Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College. One of her primary areas of research is the WWII Occupation of France.