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The stirring memoir of a French Resistance member was a BOMC and a History Book Club selection in cloth.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A suspenseful rendering of Aubrac's experiences as a French Resistance fighter during WW II. This memoir owes its existence to the 1983 extradition to France of Klaus Barbie, the ``Butcher of Lyon'': In order to refute Barbie's defenders and former collaborators, Aubrac told her story publicly for the first time- -and it became a bestseller in France. Focusing on a nine-month period that begins with the conception of her second child, Aubrac looks back 40 years at experiences of enduring intensity. During the war, the author, her Jewish husband Raymond, and other ``resistants'' published and distributed underground newspapers, found new identities and homes for fugitives, forged permits, stole guns, and blew up roads and bridges--all routine Resistance activities. What makes this account special, however, is Aubrac's irrepressible energy and resourcefulness, and the graceful way in which she interweaves her separate but parallel lives. As a mother and wife struggling in a wartime economy, she bartered for hard-to-find items; as a devoted schoolteacher, she applied the lessons of history to current events; as a secret member of the Resistance, she couldn't disclose her true identity even to her most trusted colleagues, switching names and identities like a quick-change artist. Three times, she helped free her husband from prison. The last incarceration was the most harrowing: Walking into a trap, Raymond was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to die by Barbie himself. Despite her anguish, Aubrac tricked her husband's captors into meetings and masterminded an intricate rescue. The Aubracs' escape by airlift to London, where their baby was born, is tremendously exciting. A breathtaking account that feeds the soul as much as it satisfies the appetite for vicarious danger. (Seven b&w photographs--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Hmmmm. I have read many WW2 memoirs written by French, English, and Jewish people. This is the only one I could not finish. Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeanajoan
Aubrac goes into great detail about her life surrounding her escapades in harassing Gestapo in France during WWII. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jan Brassem
Lucie Aubrac was an intelligent,brash and brave woman.While teaching young French girls, she also worked with the Resistance. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jack Ullery
Great transaction. Item came as described when it was supposed to. I'm happy!Published 10 months ago by STEPHAN DUVALL
Not very exciting to me hard reading,this is not a page turner at all compared to the book I just finished,do not wate your money or time.Published 15 months ago by John R. Obrien
I love reading a serious yet engrossing memoir, in this case about a woman of the French Resistance. Most of us know of the time & some of the activities---often those of men. Read morePublished 16 months ago by M. Schwindt
This shows the courage of women and the danger of being a jew during this time. A woman of courage.Published 17 months ago by Irma Smith
This is a great book, true facts about what the people went through during WWII, the things they were able to accomplish, was a feat, also their courage under fire was something... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Evalee I. Treen