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Outwitting the Gestapo Paperback – November 1, 1994
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The translation is extremely fluid and detracts not at all from the author's tale.
Some criticism to keep in the back of the mind: it could simply be the author's purpose, however, I was struck by the seeming lack of concern of being caught -- until the end of the book (I won't spoil it for you). Lucie's life seems to be minimally impacted by her resistance ties. Like I said, maybe she left out those details on purpose, I don't know. The other thing the "bothered" me was the unconvincing account of how she was able to arrange for the purchase of silencers in Switzerland, travel to Switzerland to pick up the silencers, and then recross the border the same day without arousing suspicion. I doubt she was able to pick up the telephone and call a gun dealer to arrange the transaction -- maybe I missed it. Whatever, just something to consider.
On the whole, I heartily endorse this book; it is exciting without being Bond-ish, and it is personal without being too proximate. Furthermore, it convincingly demonstrates the various motives of resistance, and it illustrates the fact that even a single person can make a difference in a struggle as vast as a world at war.
The story takes place in Lyon where Lucie is a history schoolteacher and a member of the resistance while she is pregnant with her second child. Her personal account is mostly about her role in the resistance and surviving under German occupation. She also notes some of her tactics to "outwit" the Gestapo. For example, Aubrac had a doctor establish a spurious record claiming she was a former tuberculosis patient; she could not teach if she still suffered from it by school policies. She used her fabricated medical certificate to get two weeks of absence in order to do missions for the resistance (33). Aubrac also portrays the French resistance to be a unique group of people. According to the author, the resistance is made up of "engineers, draftsmen, teachers, middle-class or workers, every one of us entered the world of cheating and lies with utmost serenity" (47-48). One of the roles of the resistance was to print false identification cards for Jews, in order to help prevent them from not being deported (46).Read more ›
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A memoir well written and without rancor or self-pity. Recommend to anyone interested in the personal stories of surviving WWII.Published 6 months ago by Regina 1th
Hmmmm. I have read many WW2 memoirs written by French, English, and Jewish people. This is the only one I could not finish. Ms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeanajoan
Aubrac goes into great detail about her life surrounding her escapades in harassing Gestapo in France during WWII. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jan Brassem
Lucie Aubrac was an intelligent,brash and brave woman.While teaching young French girls, she also worked with the Resistance. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jack Ullery
Great transaction. Item came as described when it was supposed to. I'm happy!Published 21 months ago by STEPHAN DUVALL
Not very exciting to me hard reading,this is not a page turner at all compared to the book I just finished,do not wate your money or time.Published on May 25, 2014 by John R. Obrien
I love reading a serious yet engrossing memoir, in this case about a woman of the French Resistance. Most of us know of the time & some of the activities---often those of men. Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by M. Schwindt
This shows the courage of women and the danger of being a jew during this time. A woman of courage.Published on March 22, 2014 by Irma Smith