A train in winter : an extraordinary story of women, friendship, and resistance in Occupied France / Caroline Moorehead.
By: Moorehead, Caroline.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2011Description: 374 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780061650703(hbk).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- France -- Women | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French | World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Fiction | Women concentration camp inmates -- Poland -- Biography | France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945DDC classification: 940.5336
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In January 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time--a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship. Caroline Moorehead, a distinguished biographer, human rights journalist, and the author of Dancing to the Precipice and Human Cargo, brings to life an extraordinary story that readers of Mitchell Zuckoff's Lost in Shangri-La, Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, and Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken will find an essential addition to our retelling of the history of World War II--a riveting, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 345-351) and index.
Part one (1. An enormous toy full of subtleties ; 2. The flame of French resistance ; 3. Daughters of the Enlightenment ; 4. The hunt for resisters ; 5. Waiting for the wolf ; 6. Indulgent towards women ; 7. Recognising the unthinkable ; 8. 'We have other plans for them' ; 9. Frontstalag 122) -- Part two (10. Le convoi des 31000 ; 11. The meaning of friendship ; 12. Keeping alive, remaining me ; 13. The disposables ; 14. Pausing before the battle ; 15. Slipping into the shadows) -- Appendix: The women.
"On an icy dawn morning in Paris in January 1943, a group of 230 French women resisters were rounded up from the Gestapo detention camps and sent on a train to Auschwitz – the only train, in the four years of German occupation, to take women of the resistance to a death camp. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15, the eldest a farmer's wife of 68; there were among them teachers, biochemists, sales girls, secretaries, housewives and university lecturers. [This book] is about who they were, how and why they joined the resistance, how they were captured and treated by the [Vichy] French police and the Gestapo, their journey to Auschwitz and their daily life in the death camps - and about what it was like for the 49 survivors when they returned to France. ... Drawing on interviews with survivors and their families, on German, French and Polish archives, and on documents held by World War Two resistance organisations, [this book] covers a harrowing part of our history but is, ultimately, a portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and endurance, and of the particular qualities of female friendship."--Book jacket.
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