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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (April 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307356957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307356956
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A harrowing but also uplifting shared story of friendship, courage and endurance." The Independent
"By turns heartbreaking and inspiring." The New York Times Book Review
"Compassionate, meticulous and compulsively enthralling.... Essential reading." Daily Mail
"A tale of how female friendship 'can make the difference between living and dying.'" The Sunday Times
"A pitch-perfect study of human depravity, and of the heroism it can inspire." The Economist

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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 text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Extremely well researched, the stories of the women in the book are harrowing - almost surreal: how is it possible that it happened? Only 60 years ago? There are many characters in the book and, at times, it is easy to get lost. The women are sent together then separated then found each other back again together. Each of them comes from a different background and was arrested under different circumstances. Without the leaders who emerge under the terrible conditions of the internment/concentration camps, the women would not have had the courage to resist and the strength to survive that they show. Along the years passed in captivity, they faced utter cruelty, some compassion and even some (discrete) help. Forget about following the story and the fate of the individual women – just read it chapter after chapter and live with the group of the chapter. Do not read this book all at once as it would be too unbearable.
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This book of non-fiction presents a new look at the Holocaust (not another Holocaust book, you migh sigh), in that it details the story of women prisoners who had been members of the French Resistance. I had not understood much about victims of the camp who were not part of the Final Solution, but who were in fact prisoners of war. The book enabled me to see how group solidarity builds resilence in individuials. While this group of women had a high death rate, more of them survived in absolute numbers than might have been expected to, probably because while working for the Resistance, and later while in jail in France, they had bonded with each other, despite differences of age and social class. The book is important also for giving such a thorough account of the French Resistance (or lack of resistance) and the role of women in it. It gives one pause to think how people in Canada today might respond to an invasion.
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Excellent book, begining with a small portrayal of the people invovled, going on and into their brave story. Would recommend to anyone with interest in morew personal situations of the Second World War...and how strong woman can be in extreme situations
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The subtitle "An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship and Survival in World War Two" is really what this book is. It takes us from civilised pre war Paris to the hell of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Nazi "work/death camps" and back to the desolation of post war France. These women survived because of their friendship, looking after each other and strong desire to overcome their oppressors.

This quote really struck me, page 211 "... 'Canada", the name given to the barracks overflowing with the possessions of the Jews, taken from them when the trains arrived. 'Canada' had acquired its name because of the country's image of a land of unimaginable plenty."

It is a very good look at the post war treatment of the returning Resistance fighters.
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This book was extraordinary, compelling and eye opening. I have read other books with accounts of the horrific acts committed against the Jewish people, however this book was so enlightening. It transported me to a time that I could not imagine having to endure. I admire the courage of those who went through those horrific events. Their courage is extraordinary and a testament to the true spirit of humanity. It was difficult at times to read but necessary. I believe high school students should read this book because it brings a whole new way of looking at the events of the War. It wasn't only the Jewish people who suffered but all those who stood for what was right and helped those being oppressed.
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This book brings to life the experiences of women in Auschwitz during the second world war and paints a clear picture of individuals supporting each other which enabled a small fraction of them to endure unendurable brutality. Their bravery and dedication to each other was phenomenal. Most shocking were the betrayals by their own countrymen, police and politicians who quickly and completely supported and enforced the the orders of the Nazi regime. Truly nobody could be completely trusted. The regime was like a vise smothering even the mildest critics. One could be shot for complaining about the meager rations that were available during the darkest times. Some victims were totally innocent and in the wrong place at the wrong time. A gruelling and worthwhile read.
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This is one of the very best books I have ever listened to. The actual READING was just a little disappointing. Ms. Wanda McCaddon (about whom the purchaser will learn absolutely nothing from the jacket around the CD box) speaks clearly, but without emotion. She could be reading an anatomy textbook for all the sensitivity she brings to her delivery. Her French-language skills are acceptable, but not good. It is a pity that a more fluent speaker of French could not have been found by Blackstone Audio. To return to the book: it is the result of such painstaking research as to bowl over the reader/listener. Moorehead has done a magnificent job in discovering what happened to the 230 women on the Convoi des 31,000 [incorrectly referred to as 3,100 on the jacket]. She gives ALL the details of what they did, why they did it, how they were caught, and what happened to them in Auschwitz and Ravensbrook, and afterwards. At times my wife and I wept as we listened to what occurred. The aftermath of the war is also given, and it was with mixed emotions as we listened to how de Gaulle and the right-wing politicians tried to downplay the cowardice of the collaborators in France, particularly those who had enthusiastically denounced neighbours, and turned in Jewish men, women, and children. Readers interested in a novelistic treatment of this period of France's history might be interested in reading/listening to "The Nightingale," by Kristin Hannah, but be prepared for a fairly pedestrian novel.
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