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Author Moorehead, Caroline, author.

Title Village of secrets : defying the Nazis in Vichy France / Caroline Moorehead.

Published London : Chatto & Windus, 2014.
London Chatto & Windus, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.533609445 MOOR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 374 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: pt. One Escaping -- ch. 1 Mea culpa -- ch. 2 The camps of shame -- ch. 3 Deportation fever -- ch. 4 A national disgrace -- pt. Two Arriving -- ch. 5 Walking near the Lord -- ch. 6 A pure spirit -- ch. 7 On Vichy's map -- ch. 8 Rats in a trap -- ch. 9 An open pen of chickens -- ch. 10 A lethal year -- ch. 11 An unknown and unknowable oblivion -- ch. 12 Crossing the border -- ch. 13 Living on a volcano -- ch. 14 Whatever else we do, we must save the children -- ch. 15 Perfect Maquis country -- ch. 16 Today, I have nothing to say -- ch. 17 Memory wars.
Summary 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 Nazi occupation, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the other villages of the Plateau Vivarais Lignon saved several thousand people from the concentration camps. There were no informers, no denunciations, and no one broke ranks. Together, the villagers held their silence, and kept persecuted people; nresisters, freemasons, communists and above all Jews, many of them children and babies; from danger. During raids, the children would hide in the woods, their packs on their backs, waiting to hear the farmers' song which told them it was safe to return. After the War Le Chambon became one of only two places in the world to be honoured by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among Nations. Just why and how Le Chambon and its outlying villages came to save so many people has never been fully told. But several of the remarkable architects of the mission are still alive, as are a number of those they saved. Caroline Moorehead travelled across the world to interview these people, and searched archives that few have seen, to bring us the unforgettable testimonies of many of those involved in this extraordinary account. It is a story of courage and determination, of a small number of heroic individuals who risked their lives to save others, and of what can be done when people come together to oppose tyranny.
Subject Jews -- France -- Le Chambon-sur-Lignon -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France -- Le Chambon-sur-Lignon.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue -- France -- Le Chambon-sur-Lignon.
Jews -- France -- Le Chambon-sur-Lignon (France) -- History -- 20th century.
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon (France) -- History -- 20th century.
Haute-Loire (France) -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780701186418 (hardback)
0701186410 (hardback)
Standard Number 60001962148