• Village of Secrets
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  • Village of Secrets
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Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, European History, French History
Paperback Published on: 30/07/2015
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Synopsis

A Sunday Times Top Five Bestseller Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014 From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the extraordinary story of a French village that helped save thousands who were pursued by the Gestapo during World War II. High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lies a cluster of tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Nazi occupation, the inhabitants of the Plateau Vivarais Lignon saved several thousand people from the concentration camps. As the victims of Nazi persecution flooded in - resisters, freemasons, communists and Jews, many of them children - the villagers united to keep them safe. The story of why and how these villages came to save so many people has never been fully told. But several of the remarkable architects of the mission are still alive, as are a number of those they saved. Caroline Moorehead has sought out and interviewed many of the people involved in this extraordinary undertaking, and brings us their unforgettable testimonies. It is a story of courage and determination, of a small number of heroic individuals who risked their lives to save others, and of what can be done when people come together to oppose tyranny.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099554646
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 266g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm

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Village of Secrets
Morality and compassion
This important book is easy to read in style if not in content, thus making an important and under-reported series of events accessible to a wider audience... READ MORE
Pam Mantri
Village of Secrets
A Riveting Read!
Village of secrets is a meticulously researched and complex book about the saving of Jews during World War II in Vichy France. The sheer level of detail th... READ MORE
Jonathon Sturdy
Village of Secrets
An Important and Unforgettable Story
I am not sure that 'enjoy' is the right way to describe my reaction to this beautifully written book that I was sent for free in return for a review. It h... READ MORE
Meme
Village of Secrets
The bravery of villagers
In wartime occupied France, Jews are being rounded up and packed on to transport to concentration camps and an almost certain death. Villagers of the Plate... READ MORE
SusieH
Village of Secrets
Oh dear
I bought this book online, so didn't see the print size. Oh dear, it's very small, I had to give it up after four pages. Even the maps were difficult to se... READ MORE
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Village of Secrets
Village of Secrets
Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book at all, I found it very difficult to understand and got totally lost with all the characters and had to keep re-re... READ MORE
Sue
Village of Secrets
Not a light read
I tried really hard with this book but I found the number of characters made for quite confusing reading. I had to re read sections and refer to the charac... READ MORE
Simone Frost
Village of Secrets
Excellently Researched History
If you want to know more about that horrible period in French history which saw a German invasion and the creation of Vichy France, then this is the book f... READ MORE
ernie noble
Village of Secrets
To help or not
This book begins by relating the stories of individual Jewish families and explaining why they believed they were safe in wartime France. The political and... READ MORE
Monica Cunliffe
Village of Secrets
Great Read
"Village of Secrets" is a book that I would highly recommend. It is very detailed and can become complex with the wide range of characters, which may be on... READ MORE
Rachel
Village of Secrets
Excellent , illuminating revierw of French Heroes & Collaborators in WW2.
Quite the best and most detailed picture of a terrible but inspiring time in wartime France. Was moved by both the valiant efforts of many unheralded ordi... READ MORE
Kenneth Blows