A Good Place to Hide

How one French community saved thousands of lives in World War II

Peter Grose
AUD $22.99
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They kept their heads down, they kept their mouths shut and they stuck together to offer sanctuary and shelter to over 3500 Jews in their small villages in the isolated upper reaches of the Loire. This is one of the great modern stories of unknown heroism and courage.

'A story resonant in our age . a grand narrative . a book to cherish and recommend.' - Thomas Keneally

'Terrific . an important story deftly told.' - David Williamson

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 3500 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 5000 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.

Author bio:

Peter Grose is a former journalist, literary agent and publisher. He has published two highly acclaimed books with Allen & Unwin, An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942 and A Very Rude Awakening: The night the Japanese midget subs came to Sydney Harbour.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781760290290
Table Of Contents: Maps

Introduction

Prologue

PART I PREPARATION

1 Pastors

2 War

3 Camps

PART II REFUGE

4 Jews

5 Fun

6 Rebellion

PART III OCCUPATION

7 Fresh blood

8 Forgers

9 Arrest

10 Switzerland

11 Smugglers

12 Germans

PART IV RESISTANCE

13 Violence

14 Invasion

PART V LIBERATION

15 Guns

16 Victory

Conclusion

Whatever happened to . . . ?

Appendix 1: Huguenots

Appendix 2: The weapons of the spirit

Acknowledgements

Notes

Bibliography
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2015
Page Extent: 352
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: History

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