Franz Werfel and ‘The Song of Bernadette’
In the summer of 1940, while attempting to escape Occupied Europe the Austrian Jewish writer Franz Werfel and his wife Alma Werfel (née Schindler, formerly Mahler) took refuge in the Christian pilgrimage town of Lourdes in the French Pyrenees, apparently staying in rooms in the 'Hotel du Louvre' (seen here).
While in Lourdes, Franz Werfel researched the story of a Lourdaise, Bernadette Soubirous, which he later used for his novel "The Song of Bernadette" published in 1942. In 1943, "The Song of Bernadette" was made into a film by Twentieth Century Fox and won four Oscars - one of them being the Best Actress Award for Jennifer Jones.
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