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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.
This is the story of some tremendously courageous women who worked for the French Resistance during WW11.
First half: 2 stars Second half: 5 stars This book would have been fantastic if the author had skipped the first half (or perhaps written that half very differently).
Any time I can read a book that involves real life, I am captured by the authors ability to tell the story from the view of the real life people involved.
I am an avid reader of WWII history.. This is a story about resistance women in France who were arrested by the Germans and sent to camps. Some survived but many did not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carol L. Stearns
Extraordinary story of the French women who joined and fought in the Resistance during WWII and the horror that they experienced in the German extermination camps, that very few of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jill Grady
A very disappointing book. Lots of info at the beginning of the book , on a large number of characters which creates confusion for the reader, and then no follow through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FRS
A very difficult book to read and definitely not for the sensitive reader. Moorehead splits her book into 2 parts. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Prudence Taylor
So glad I read this book - a must read for all who are interested in WWIIPublished 1 month ago by Kristen H