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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.
Very moving, it showed the great suffering these women had endured, and the courage they had to overcome it.Published 3 days ago by Gary E Elder
No real story here - just lots of statements that were very disconnected.Published 1 month ago by Margo Bagneschi
This book should be read by every teenager in Europe. If we forget what has happened we will soon repeat it.
A most moved and well researched book.
What a magnificent piece of writing! It has all of the drama, suspense and intensity of a novel--and best yet, it is true. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hinda K. Sterling, Ph.D.
I couldn't get into this book. I started reading it and was not all that interested.Published 1 month ago by Moses
Beautifully written and well researched. A powerful story. Get this as fast as you can. It is wonderful!Published 1 month ago by kathiepryor
The information was almost overwhelming. I learned a lot about the German occupation of France. The story of the French women was heart breaking.Published 2 months ago by Rebecca Rodefer
The author of this book had a hard time liking Americans, the people that liberated them from the Germans, that is gratitude for you. The book was poorly written.Published 2 months ago by Yvonne S. Card