Edith de Belleville – Author & “Guide-Conférencière”
“The Jewish Heritage of Paris ”
Edith de Belleville is an expert of the Jewish Heritage of Paris: She taught the Jewish heritage of Paris at Paris-Est-Marne-La-Vallée University to the future licensed tour guides. She does Webinars in English about ‘The Dreyfus Affair: The Political scandal that rocked France’. Edith does also guided visits about Jewish artists from Paris for a Parisian Jewish Cultural Center (ECUJE) And she wrote her University dissertation about ‘The looting of paintings from the Jews in France during the WW2’
For more than 20 years Edith worked as a lawyer but wanted to study about her passion, Paris, and its incredible history. She decided to be a lawyer during the week and a guide on the week-end. But she wanted to become a real guide, a professional, licensed guide like the ones you would find at Le Louvre or Le Chateau de Versailles.
At 50 years of age, Edith returned to University with the goal of receiving her “Licence de Guide Conférencière.” This was not easy! But it was worth all the hard work because she studied the history of art, of France, and of Paris as well as the history of French literature.
As a Parisienne, Edith had always been interested in the stories of other Parisiennes from the past, such as Christine de Pisan, Madame de Montespan, Josephine de Beauharnais, George Sand, and Sarah Bernhardt. With the help of her Parisian editor, she was able to publish her book and share her passion for these extraordinary, inspiring women to whom she dedicated her book Belles et Rebelles.
Edith’s new book, written in English, is Parisian Life: Adventures in the City of Light. It’s about the life of a Parisian woman who is a tour guide in Paris who likes art, literature & history.