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They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of fifteen who scrawled "V" for victory on the walls of her lycée; the eldest, a farmer's wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to each other, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.
Eventually, the Gestapo hunted down 230 of these women and imprisoned them in a fort outside Paris. Separated from home and loved ones, these disparate individuals turned to one another, their common experience conquering divisions of age, education, profession, and class, as they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie.
In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only forty-nine would return to France.
A Train in Winter draws on interviews with these women and their families; German, French, and Polish archives; and documents held by World War II resistance organizations to uncover a dark chapter of history that offers an inspiring portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and survival—and of the remarkable, enduring power of female friendship.
I felt so sad whilst reading this book and angry at the people who were so quick to inform on their fellow countrymen a book that should be read by a lot more people JohnPublished 28 days ago by Renwick Glen
I've rated this book '1 star' with the hope that my review will cut through the clutter of the many, many reviews of this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Markus F. Robinson
During 1942, women of the French Resistance were rounded up in a variety of police stings. This is the story of the 230 women who were sent from France to Nazi concentration... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary E. Young
This is a topic seldom discussed in war histories; the impact on the lives of nameless civilians forced to endure the bombs and the carnage. I applaud Ms. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Lloyd
Loved this book so much I bought hard copies for friends and family as it is a story everyone should read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DDT