September 1944. Dr. Julius Matthias feels adrift. Nazi Germany is far from defeated and the war drags on. The world he knew is no more; there is no home for him to return. Are his children, his extended family safe? He has to know their fate before he decides on his own. It is in new liberated Paris that he comes in search of answers.
Julius Matthias, a Pact with the Devil, is Michelle Mazel’s third novel and has been described without exaggeration as a sweeping saga of love and tragedy … translated and published in Romanian it was awarded the Scrisul Romanesc Prize.
Whether it is the passages set in Vienna, Budapest, Paris or Geneva, … the themes of Jewish identity, assimilation, antisemitism and social division are poignantly relevant to readers in today’s uneasy world.
Liat Collins, in Jerusalem Report
Michelle Mazel was born in France. A graduate of the Law School and the Institute for Political Science of Paris, she was a Fullbright scholar to the United States. She married an Israeli diplomat and for forty years she went with him from one interesting country to another. She took to writing, becoming a frequent contributor to “The Jerusalem Post” and to “Israel Scene” magazine.
She has taken part in a number of collective works such as the “Macmillan Illustrated Dictionary” and “Concordance of the Bible and the Grolier Holocaust Encyclopedia”. She is a regular contributor to the Jewish Political Study Review.
In 1993 she published her first thriller, “Stone Moon”, originally published in Hebrew, then in French. It was followed by “Sirens over Jerusalem” as well as published in Hebrew and in French. In 2003 she wrote in Hebrew “Wife to the Ambassador”, a memoir of the eight years she spent with her husband in Egypt. “La Maison du Pacha” an updated version of that book, was published in France. In 2014 she published in Israel “Dancing with the Ambassador” a nostalgic and humorous memoir of her 40 years on the diplomatic circuit. Another thriller, “The Sheikh from Hebron” was published in French in November 2015.