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A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship and Survival in World War Two Paperback – Apr 10 2012
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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. See all Product Description
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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.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent read, very informative. Sometimes hard to follow so many names but well worth the slight frustration.Published 5 months ago by Janice
A very different story of WWII resilience, survival, death and triumph - real women who created units to make the whole stronger than the individual. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Massey
A book that should be read! Obviously very well researched, the author has brought these women's stories to life with intensity and compassion.Published 8 months ago by Christina Holloway
A hard book to pick up and start, knowing the subject matter. I always have to steel myself when getting into the genocide of those years. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kate
the beginning was a little rough but once i got the people straight i found the book very interesting It is hard to understand how cruel WWII was and I have the feeling that we... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elaine Sinclair
In January, 1943, 230 women, members of the French resistance, were herded onto a train in France, and taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lisa Adams
True life stories are inspiring and this is not lacking in strength, courage and the will to survive against all odds. Recommended as a good readPublished 16 months ago by rocky211
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