Proverb: “It takes a thief to catch a thief.”

  • And so my brain gave birth to Max St. Denis who steals back from the Nazi regime that defeated, occupied and plundered France at the outset of World War II. Max St. Denis starts out as a car thief, then steals from the many thieves looting the artwork of France, and finally steals the Jews of Paris from deportation and death at the hands of Vichy and Nazi enemies.

    Welcome to the world of the thieves of Paris—not only the fictional Max St. Denis, but also Nazi looters, Vichy would-be looters, East European Zionist activists, German diplomats, hangers-on, forgers and collaborators.

    • Explore this site in About for information about Helen Schwartz
    • Click on Writings for “outtakes” that didn’t make it into Thieves and as well as previously published short stories. You’ll also find a list of interesting follow-up reading.
    • Choose Postings for entries about writing Thieves, historical figures and events in the book, researching adventures and upcoming events. Leave me questions or comments there!


    Thieves of Paris