Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.75 × 2.6 × 0.48 in
Published: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Random House Of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307363082
ISBN - 13: 9780307363084
From the Publisher
From the author of the runaway bestseller A Train in
Winter comes the extraordinary story of a French village that
helped save thousands, including many Jewish children, who were
pursued by the Gestapo during World War II.
Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in
the mountains of the Ardèche. Surrounded by pastures and thick
forests of oak and pine, the plateau Vivarais lies in one of the
most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France, cut off for
long stretches of the winter by snow.
During the Second World War, the
inhabitants of the area saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo:
resisters, freemasons, communists, downed Allied airmen and above
all Jews. Many of these were children and babies, whose parents had
been deported to the death camps in Poland. After the war, Le
Chambon became the only village to be listed in its entirety in Yad
Vashem''s Dictionary of the Just.
Just why and
how Le Chambon and its outlying parishes came to save so many
people has never been fully told. Acclaimed biographer and
historian Caroline Moorehead brings to life a story of outstanding
courage and determination, and of what could be done when even a
small group of people came together to oppose German rule. It is an
extraordinary tale of silence and complicity. In a country infamous
throughout the four years of occupation for the number of
denunciations to the Gestapo of Jews, resisters and escaping
prisoners of war, not one single inhabitant of Le Chambon ever
broke silence. The story of Le Chambon is one of a village, bound
together by a code of honour, born of centuries of religious
oppression. And, though it took a conspiracy of silence by the
entire population, it happened because of a small number of heroic
individuals, many of them women, for whom saving those hunted by
the Nazis became more important than their own lives.
About the Author
CAROLINE MOOREHEAD is the author of the international bestseller
A Train in Winter. She has also written biographies of
Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo, Lucie de la Tour du Pin
and Martha Gellhorn. Well known for her work in human rights, she
has published a history of the Red Cross and a book about refugees,
Human Cargo. The author lives in London, UK.
LONGLISTED 2014 - Samuel Johnson Prize for
"Compelling and authoritative. . . . Statistics become characters
we learn to worry for, generally with good reason."