hemingway_france1944Originally published in People – June 12, 1999

When the Allied armies gathered at the outskirts of Nazi-occupied Paris in August 1944, Ernest Hemingway was a step ahead of them. The barrel-chested 45-year-old author and war correspondent had fallen in with a band of French Resistance fighters and was able not only to lead the way into Paris but also to “liberate” one of his favorite haunts, the Ritz Hotel, where his arrival prompted a riotous two-day party. “We had a hell of a good time,” Hemingway told his friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner, “until the rest of ’em caught up with us.”

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