By Caroline Moorehead
They have been academics, scholars, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer on the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental medical professional. They disbursed anti-Nazi leaflets, revealed subversive newspapers, concealed resisters, secreted Jews to protection, transported guns, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was once a schoolgirl of fifteen who scrawled "V" for victory at the partitions of her lycÉe; the eldest, a farmer's spouse in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and towns from throughout France, those courageous girls have been united in hatred and defiance in their Nazi occupiers.
ultimately, the Gestapo hunted down 230 of those girls and imprisoned them in a castle outdoor Paris. Separated from domestic and family, those disparate members became to each other, their universal event conquering divisions of age, schooling, occupation, and sophistication, as they discovered solace and energy of their deep affection and camaraderie.
In January 1943, they have been despatched to their ultimate vacation spot: Auschwitz. in basic terms forty-nine could go back to France.
A educate in Winter attracts on interviews with those ladies and their households; German, French, and varnish documents; and files held through global warfare II resistance organisations to discover a depressing bankruptcy of historical past that gives an inspiring portrait of normal humans, of bravery and survival—and of the awesome, enduring energy of girl friendship.
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Extra resources for A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
North Africa was not only dear to the French but it was also important to the Allies, and therefore to German intelligence. The British used the passage through the Mediterranean to ensure communication with their colonies. Gibraltar and the Suez Canal were of vital interest to the British, and military campaigns in Egypt and Libya were their most important theaters of operation at that point in the war. 28 Thus French North Africa gave German intelligence services reason and opportunity to spy on the Allies.
But the Germans were aware that the population’s initial docility was likely to be brief. Any individual suspected of anti-German propaganda was to be watched. 15 Agents were also expected to ﬁnd the locations of illegal meetings and places that were used for Gaullist recruitment. 16 In addition, the secret services were responsible for ensuring the security of German administrations. Agents were sometimes sent into the southern nonoccupied territories and the colonies to investigate individuals applying for jobs in German services in the northern, occupied zone.
24 Thus Weygand’s North African ﬁef was increasingly visited by numerous German agents after Laval’s ﬁring; they sought information on Weygand’s activities, but also aimed to punish him. It seems that the Abwehr was probably behind a mutiny of a regiment of Algerian soldiers within the French army. On Saturday 25 January 1941, the members of this regiment massacred their French oﬃcers and seized weapons. They advanced toward the city of Algiers where they opened ﬁre on the European population. Investigations after the incident highlighted how the inequalities of army treatment of native soldiers compared to French soldiers had been used to stir up resentment.
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead