Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

by Caroline Moorehead


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062202482
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Resistance Quartet , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 152,261
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Caroline Moorehead is the New York Times bestselling author of Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France; A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France; and Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An acclaimed biographer, Moorehead has also written for the New York Review of Books, the Guardian, the Times, and the Independent. She lives in London and Italy.

Table of Contents

Principal characters 1

Chronology 3

Maps 7

Foreword 9

Part 1 Escaping

Chapter 1 Mea culpa 15

Chapter 2 The camps of shame 35

Chapter 3 Deportation fever 59

Chapter 4 A national disgrace 75

Part 2 Arriving

Chapter 5 Walking near the Lord 93

Chapter 6 A pure spirit 112

Chapter 7 On Vichy's map 129

Chapter 8 Rats in a trap 151

Chapter 9 An open pen of chickens 171

Chapter 10 A lethal year 190

Chapter 11 An unknown and unknowable oblivion 207

Chapter 12 Crossing the border 222

Chapter 13 Living on a volcano 235

Chapter 14 Whatever else we do, we must save the children 251

Chapter 15 Perfect Maquis country 274

Chapter 16 Today, I have nothing to say 293

Chapter 17 Memory wars 315

Afterword 331

List of Illustrations 341

Bibliography 343

Source notes 351

Acknowledgements 357

Index 359

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Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
CMKmom More than 1 year ago
This is a story about the WWII experiences of real people in their quest to save the Jews and stay alive themselves. I had a hard time putting it down, it was that good. The fact that so many actually lived was due to the brave non-Jews in their towns in Vichy France. The end of the book had a recap of what happened to the selfless people who guided the children over the border into Switzerland. Just the thought of what those people went through, the Jews and their saviors, was hard for me to imagine. If you are at all interested in WWII, or stories of bravery beyond my imagining, you will love this book, as I did.
PierreSauvage More than 1 year ago
My parents were among the Jews who found shelter in the area of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, during the Holocaust--the subject of this astonishingly inaccurate book--and I had the good fortune to be born there at that time. I thus care deeply about the remarkable rescue mission that profoundly affected my life. It is thus dismaying that this account of those events preposterously asserts that the French Protestant (Huguenot) dimension of the rescue effort has been inflated into a myth, that the village's remarkable pastor can be plausibly charged with being a self-aggrandizing pathological liar, that nonviolence was only a small part of the story, that unnamed atheists and agnostics played an equal role in providing shelter, that indeed the religious beliefs of the rescuers deserve only passing mention... Incidentally, among the many dozens of misrepresentations and errors in this sloppy book are the very photograph on the cover: the reader has no way of knowing that the "Village of Secrets" portrayed is not Le Chambon! Furthermore, in the author's eagerness to be able to claim that she is, at last, setting "the record straight" and describing for the first time "what actually took place" in and around Le Chambon, she feels it necessary to go out of her way to malign the late Philip Hallie and me--who have told the story before her. In my case, she goes so far as to fabricate the utterly false allegation that key figures in Le Chambon's wartime events branded my well-received feature documentary on the subject, "Weapons of the Spirit," as nothing less than a "mutilation of historical truth." This is very mean-spirited fiction indeed! For more information, please see: Pierre Sauvage President, Chambon Foundation
Anonymous 3 months ago
This story is unbelievable - it makes you think and wonder how you would act in similar circumstances. The people in this book are amazing in the steadfastness of their faith & their ability to live what they believe. I loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an OK book. Parts about the Vichy government were interesting for me as my knowledge in this area of WW II is lacking. I felt at times she got a bit bodged down in some of the personal accounts but other then that it is an interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I discovered lots of things that I never knew about France and the Holocaust.
Ariana_EJR More than 1 year ago
This books is frustrating. I learned a lot about France and Vichy France during the German occupation. I also learned a lot about one small part of that: Chambon. Chambon is a plateau on which those fleeing persecution - mostly Protestants had long taken refuge. It was also a place used to having visitors as an refuge of the natural world and containing many pensions and other places that catered to visitors. It was thus a place of refuge for Jewish children who could be hid and spirited to Switzerland, and thus out of Europe. The cast of characters is strong and the word pictures of their human greatness and sometimes pettiness is good. The narrative moves forward in a chronological order. My biggest complaint is the numbers of people involved. There were so many that I found myself tossed in a sea of names. It not only involved the inhabitants of the plateau but others scattered throughout France who both collaborated with the Germans and opposed them. The number of organizations and their initials were also bewildering In spite of that I would recommend this for insights into a time and place I knew little about
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Ihave paid for the book but all i get is the first 50 pages. Hummm. Wont do that again...
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