A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II

A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II

by Peter Grose

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The untold story of an isolated French community that banded together to offer sanctuary and shelter to over 3,500 Jews in the throes of World War II

Nobody asked questions, nobody demanded money. Villagers lied, covered up, procrastinated and concealed, but most importantly they welcomed.

This is the story of an isolated community in the upper reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to save the lives of 3,500 Jews under the noses of the Germans and the soldiers of Vichy France. It is the story of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke laws and defied orders to protect the lives of total strangers. It is the story of an eighteen-year-old Jewish boy from Nice who forged 5,000 sets of false identity papers to save other Jews and French Resistance fighters from the Nazi concentration camps. And it is the story of a community of good men and women who offered sanctuary, kindness, solidarity and hospitality to people in desperate need, knowing full well the consequences to themselves.

Powerful and richly told, A Good Place to Hide speaks to the goodness and courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605987514
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/08/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 242,119
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Peter Grose is a former journalist and literary agent. He is also the former publisher at Secker and Warburg. A Good Place to Hide is Grose's American debut.

Table of Contents

Maps vii

Introduction ix

Prologue xii

Part I Preparation

1 Pastors 3

2 War 26

3 Camps 48

Part II Refuge

4 Jews 59

5 Fun 74

6 Rebellion 86

Part III Occupation

7 Fresh blood 107

8 Forgers 122

9 Arrest 134

10 Switzerland 148

11 Smugglers 160

12 Germans 173

Part IV Resistance

13 Violence 191

14 Invasion 208

Part V Liberation

15 Guns 225

16 Victory 245

Conclusion 265

Whatever happened to …? 280

Appendix 1 Huguenots 287

Appendix 2 The weapons of the spirit 304

Acknowledgements 309

Notes 315

Bibliography 322

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