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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.
The description of life in Birkenau and the other camps is excellent. it demonstrates the power of thw written word to convey the horror of those places.Published 10 days ago by Tom Gray
It's more of a history lesson than a novel, but it's very informative and graphic.Published 18 days ago by Virginia Erickson
Interesting extremely sad story of a large group of French women who were woefully mistreated during the German occupation.
I found the book to be too detailed. Read more
Interesting facet of WWII history. An exhaustive study, but wading through it, while interesting, was absolutely exhausting. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tom D
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 1 month ago by Renwick Glen