Jeannine Johnson Maia

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY The History Behind The Facades (Day 9)

April 13, 1941: Today is the last day in our journey with Claire and Antonio through WWII Lisbon. I hope you enjoyed peering out the window of the Colonial boardinghouse with Claire and ordering coffe...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Salazar, Neutrality & The Wider World Outside (Day 8)

April 12, 1941: Europe is at war and thousands of people are converging on Portugal, one of the continent’s few remaining exit routes. ‘Rossio Square N.°59,’ tells the story of Claire, a young French ...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Spies in the Brothels (and Everywhere Else) (Day 7)

April 11, 1941: Europe is at war and thousands of people are converging on Portugal, one of the continent’s few remaining exit routes. ‘Rossio Square N.°59' tells the story of Claire, a young French r...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Those Who Started To Flee, Then Went Back: A Refugee’s Story (Day 6)

April 10, 1941: Europe is at war and thousands of people are converging on Portugal, one of the continent’s few remaining exit routes. ‘Rossio Square N.°59’ tells the story of Claire, a young French r...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Getting to Lisbon, And Leaving It (Day 5)

April 9, 1941: Europe is at war and thousands of people are converging on Portugal, one of the continent’s few remaining exit routes. ‘Rossio Square N.°59,’ tells the story of Claire, a young French r...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Out And About With Claire And Antonio (Day 4)

April 8, 1941: Thousands of people fleeing Hitler’s advance are converging on Portugal, one of the continent’s few remaining exit routes. My novel, ‘Rossio Square N.°59,’ is the story of Claire, a you...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Shall We Stop For A Drink? The Chave d’Ouro Café (Day 3)

April 7, 1941: Europe is at war and thousands of people fleeing Hitler’s advance are converging on Portugal, one of the continent’s few remaining exit routes. My novel, ‘Rossio Square N.°59,’ is the s...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Number 59 and the Colonial Boardinghouse (Day 2)

April 6, 1941: Europe is at war and thousands of people fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation are flocking to Portugal, one of the few remaining exit routes out of Europe. ‘Rossio Square N.°59’ is th...

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80 YEARS AGO TODAY Join Us On A Nine-Day Trip To WWII Lisbon (Day 1)

On April 5, 1941, Claire steps off a train in Rossio station in Lisbon. She’s alone, a frightened refugee fleeing war-torn France, and when she arrives in this sunlit city, no one is waiting to meet h...