VILLAGE OF SECRETS: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

VILLAGE OF SECRETS: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

CAROLINE MOOREHEAD    Book Number: 85074    Product format: Paperback

Prize-winning historian Moorehead has done us a great service, unveiling the real lives behind the myth. High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During WWII, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo - resisters, Freemasons, Communists and above all Jews, many of them orphans whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. There were no informers, no denunciations, and no one broke ranks. After the war, Le Chambon became one of only two places in the world to be honoured by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. Just why and how this area and its outlying villages came to save so many people has never before been fully told. Drawing on unprecedented access to newly opened archives in France, Britain and Germany together with interviews documenting the testimony of surviving villages, Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination when a small group of people banded together to oppose tyranny. Chapters include Deportation Fever, On Vichy's Map, Rats in a Trap, A Lethal Year, Crossing the Border, Living on a Volcano and Memory Wars. With list of principal characters including the pastors and rescuers, the children, Germans and collaborators plus chronology 1939-October 1944 when Britain, USA and Canada officially recognised de Gaulle's government. Maps, small remainder mark, 374pp in softback and many illus.
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ISBN 9780062202482
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