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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.
Loved this book so much I bought hard copies for friends and family as it is a story everyone should read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by DDT
I am still reading this story and so far it is holding my interest.Will give a better review when I finish it.Published 7 days ago by TessG
The book was horrible in the sense that it gives flesh to one of society's darkest periods of history, describing man's almost unimaginable inhumanity toward man. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lindsay
Too many names and too many stories to keep track of in the first third of the book. The story would have had greater impact if there had been fewer characters that the reader... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lucy Guay
Incredible bravery from French women who did the unthinkable to help everyone under the Nazi rule in France. Read morePublished 16 days ago by DANI
It took me quite awhile to read this book because of the subject matter. I was amazed at the strength and courage exhibited by the women in this true account of their lives in... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Swedemom
A wonderfully factual account using the novel as vehicle....We need to be reminded of these events to keep us from being too smug.Published 23 days ago by ellen m. patton
At times extremely difficult to get through. An incredibly brave group of women.Published 1 month ago by D. Wisker
It was certainly informative in terms of the history of the events that were experienced by the various women involved. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa Van-Tuyl