On an icy morning in Paris in January 1943, 230 French women
resisters were rounded up from the Gestapo detention camps and sent
on a train to Auschwitz--the only train, in the four years of
German occupation, to take women of the Resistance to a death camp.
The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15, the eldest a farmer''s wife of
68; among them were teachers, biochemists, salesgirls, secretaries,
housewives and university lecturers. Six of the women were still
alive in 2010 and able to tell their stories of the great affection
and camaraderie that took hold among the group. They became
friends, and it was precisely this friendship that kept so many of
Drawing on interviews with survivors and
their families, on German, French and Polish archives, and on
documents held by WW2 resistance organisations, A Train in
Winter covers a harrowing part of history that is, ultimately,
a portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and endurance, and of the
particular qualities of female friendship.