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A train in winter : an extraordinary story of women, friendship, and resistance in occupied France / Caroline Moorehead.

By: Moorehead, Caroline.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Harperluxe, 2011Description: vi, 597 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780062088802; 0062088807; 9780061650703; 0061650706.Subject(s): German Occupation of France (1940-1945) | World War (1939-1945) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France | World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- France -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, French | World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps | France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 | Concentration camps | Underground movements, War | Women | France | World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France | World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- France -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons | France -- History -- 1940-1945, German occupation | 1939-1945Genre/Form: Large type books. | Large type books. | Biographies. | Biography. | History. | Personal narratives -- French. | Biographies.DDC classification: 940.530820944 LOC classification: D802.F8 | M66 2011
Contents:
Part one. An enormous toy full of subtleties -- The flame of French resistance -- Daughters of the Enlightenment -- The hunt for registers -- Waiting for the wolf -- Indulgent towards women -- Recognising the unthinkable -- "We have other plans for them" -- Frontstalag 122 ; Part two. Le Convoi des 31000 -- The meaning of friendship -- Keeping alive, remaining me -- The disposables -- Pausing before the battle -- Slipping into the shadows.
Summary: In January 1943, the Gestapo hunted down 230 women of the French Resistance and sent them to Auschwitz. 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 to transcend evil that is an essential addition to the history of World War II.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part one. An enormous toy full of subtleties -- The flame of French resistance -- Daughters of the Enlightenment -- The hunt for registers -- Waiting for the wolf -- Indulgent towards women -- Recognising the unthinkable -- "We have other plans for them" -- Frontstalag 122 ; Part two. Le Convoi des 31000 -- The meaning of friendship -- Keeping alive, remaining me -- The disposables -- Pausing before the battle -- Slipping into the shadows.

In January 1943, the Gestapo hunted down 230 women of the French Resistance and sent them to Auschwitz. 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 to transcend evil that is an essential addition to the history of World War II.

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Library Journal Review

The winter of 1942-43 encompassed some of the darkest days of World War II, not least for the French Resistance. Moorehead (Gellhorn) uses as her lens the lesser-known January 1943 transport of 230 women of the Resistance to the Auschwitz death camp. She conducted interviews with several of the 49 surviving women or their families and incorporates information from their published and unpublished works about the experiences they endured during their incarceration. Taking us from the early days of the Resistance and these women's roles to the postwar period of disillusionment and unhappiness, Moorehead finds inspiration in the way they assisted and protected one another, sometimes ensuring another's survival to the detriment of themselves. -VERDICT Readers will get a good overview of the historical context and the sacrifices made by women whose motivation was to provide a better world for their country. Although at times difficult to read (the descriptions of Auschwitz offer nothing new but reiterate the horror endured), this book rightfully gives these women-survivors and nonsurvivors alike-their place in our historical memory. For a memoir by a woman in the Resistance not transported with this group, see Agnes Humbert's Resistance. [See Prepub Alert, 5/16/11.]-Maria C. Bagshaw, West Dundee, IL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her books include Human Cargo: A Journey among Refugees, Dancing to the Precipice, A Train in Winter, and Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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