Doctor to the Resistance: The Heroic True Story of an American Surgeon and His Family in Occupied Paris

Doctor to the Resistance: The Heroic True Story of an American Surgeon and His Family in Occupied Paris

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by Hal Vaughan
     
 

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Maine-born Dr. Sumner ôJackö Jackson joined the British Army as a volunteer physician during World War I. After the Battle of the Somme, he married a beautiful French Red Cross nurse. When the war was over, Jackson joined the staff of the American Hospital in Paris, where he quickly became a favorite physician of such Lost Generation figures as Hemingway

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Maine-born Dr. Sumner ôJackö Jackson joined the British Army as a volunteer physician during World War I. After the Battle of the Somme, he married a beautiful French Red Cross nurse. When the war was over, Jackson joined the staff of the American Hospital in Paris, where he quickly became a favorite physician of such Lost Generation figures as Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

During World War II, Jackson, his wife, and their teenage son joined the French Resistance. They hid and treated wounded Allied flyers and Resistance fighters, used the hospital as a cover for Resistance activities, photographed the German submarine base at Saint-Nazaire, and helped smuggle plans for the V-1 rocket to England. Just before the Americans liberated Paris, however, the family was betrayed to the Gestapo and deported to German concentration camps. The day before the war ended, tragedy struck.

Doctor to the Resistance is based on recently declassified records of the French Resistance, the National Archives, family letters and diaries, and the authorAÆs interviews with Dr. JacksonAÆs son. Hal Vaughan recounts the JacksonsAÆ remarkable true story for the first time. It will captivate history buffs, World War II aficionados, and anyone interested in the Paris of that fascinating era.

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Library Journal
Journalist and documentary film producer Vaughan has used recently declassified French sources as well as letters, diaries, and interviews to tell the story of Sumner "Jack" Jackson of Maine, a decorated front-line surgeon and urologist who joined the British army as a volunteer physician during World War I. Never again comfortable with American life, Jackson and his French wife, a Red Cross nurse, settled in Paris after the war. There he became medical director of the American Hospital, treating the elite of Paris, and the text includes stories about his relationships with leading figures of the Lost Generation. The hospital became the base for his Resistance activities during World War II, which included hiding "patients" from the Germans and treating wounded Allied flyers and Resistance fighters. This accessible, absorbing, and inspirational book is both an important chronicle of Parisian life under the Vichy regime and an expos of Resistance operations. It also reveals the impact of Jackson's politics on his teenage son and the tragic fate that befell the entire family, wrenchingly demonstrating the high price paid for Jackson's acts of courage. Moving and inspirational; for most libraries.-Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612342719
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
933,571
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Hal W. Vaughn is an American journalist and documentary film producer based in Paris. A former Foreign Service officer, he has served as a consultant to the American Hospital of Paris.

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Doctor to the Resistance: The Heroic True Story of an American Surgeon and His Family in Occupied Paris 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Although I have read this book in galleys without the 29 photographs that will be printed in the book on its release in September I want to echo the Library Journal's review: Vaughan's book is inspirational.