By Caroline Moorehead
They have been academics, scholars, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer on the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental healthcare professional. They disbursed anti-Nazi leaflets, revealed subversive newspapers, concealed resisters, secreted Jews to protection, transported guns, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest used to be 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 fortress outdoor Paris. Separated from domestic and family, those disparate members grew to become to each other, their universal adventure conquering divisions of age, schooling, career, and sophistication, as they discovered solace and power of their deep affection and camaraderie.
In January 1943, they have been despatched to their ultimate vacation spot: Auschwitz. merely forty-nine might go back to France.
A educate in Winter attracts on interviews with those girls and their households; German, French, and varnish documents; and records held by means of global warfare II resistance organisations to discover a depressing bankruptcy of heritage that gives an inspiring portrait of normal humans, of bravery and survival—and of the extraordinary, enduring energy of woman friendship.
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BELOW Popular entertainment helped maintain morale. Here RAF men are doing the "Lambeth Walk" with Lupino Lane and the cast of the hit musical Me and My Girl. 39 FRANCE P R E P A R E S France planned to fight a long war, with the Maginot Line safeguarding her from German attack while her war machine gradually built up speed. The French army was a mixture of ancient and modern, with infantry and artillery reminiscent of 1918 and, although it had some good tanks, too many of these were allocated to infantry support.
On July 3, after unsatisfac- chief of the RAF's Bomber Command, stood on the Air Ministry tory negotiations, a French squadron at anchor at Mers-el-Kebir roof with Sir Charles Portal, later chief of the air staff, and was bombarded by a British force under Admiral Somerville. The watched the city of London in flames. " 51 1940 NORWAY Neutral Norway attracted both Allies and Germans. The northern port of Narvik was the only all-weather outlet for Swedish iron ore, important to Germany, and deep-water channels along the coast, known as the Leads, formed a valuable link between Germany and the North Atlantic.
34 1939 RIGHT Hitler made several trips to the Polish front in September 1939. Here he receives the salute of General der Panzertruppen Heinz Guderian, one of the authors of the blitzkrieg that made German victory possible. BELOW The best of friends? Russian and German officers chat at Brest-Litovsk on September 18, 1939. The Russians show their rank on collar badges: the traditional epaulettes, hated symbol of the tsarist officer class, were to appear after the German invasion. The blackuniformed German is a panzer officer.