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Village of Secrets : Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
by Caroline Moorehead


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High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Second World War, 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Second World War, 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 honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

Just why and how Le Chambon and its outlying villages came to save so many people has never fully been told. Drawing on unprecedented access to newly opened archives in France, Britain, and Germany, along with interviews documenting the testimony of surviving villagers, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose tyranny.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062202482
  • ISBN-10: 0062202480
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 400

Series: Resistance Trilogy

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Books > History > Military - World War II
Books > History > Europe - France
Books > History > Holocaust

 
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