Village of Secrets

Village of Secrets

Defying the Nazis in Vichy France

eBook - 2014
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A full-length account of the story of a French village that helped save thousands of World War II Gestapo targets draws on newly opened archives and first-person interviews to trace their life-risking acts of courage. 40,000 first printing. By the best-selling author of A Train in Winter.

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II&;told in full for the first time.

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and SOE agents, and Jews. Many of those they protected were orphaned children and babies whose parents had been deported to concentration camps.

With unprecedented access to newly opened archives in France, Britain, and Germany, and interviews with some of the villagers from the period who are still alive, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose their Nazi occupiers. A thrilling and atmospheric tale of silence and complicity, Village of Secrets reveals how every one of the inhabitants of Chambon remained silent in a country infamous for collaboration. Yet it is also a story about mythmaking, and the fallibility of memory.

A major contribution to WWII history, illustrated with black-and-white photos, Village of Secrets sets the record straight about the events in Chambon, and pays tribute to a group of heroic individuals, most of them women, for whom saving others became more important than their own lives.


From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II—told in full for the first time.

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and SOE agents, and Jews. Many of those they protected were orphaned children and babies whose parents had been deported to concentration camps.

With unprecedented access to newly opened archives in France, Britain, and Germany, and interviews with some of the villagers from the period who are still alive, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose their Nazi occupiers. A thrilling and atmospheric tale of silence and complicity,Village of Secrets reveals how every one of the inhabitants of Chambon remained silent in a country infamous for collaboration. Yet it is also a story about mythmaking, and the fallibility of memory.

A major contribution to WWII history, illustrated with black-and-white photos,Village of Secrets sets the record straight about the events in Chambon, and pays tribute to a group of heroic individuals, most of them women, for whom saving others became more important than their own lives.



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Relates the story of Le Cambon-sur-Lignon, a small, remote mountain village whose inhabitants banded together to save thousands from the Gestapo during World War II.

Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2014.
ISBN: 9780062202499
Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Bib Control Number: 93811

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MarysMom19tttt
Nov 21, 2019

What an excellent book and very well written. We love history and expecially WWII era history and the timeline was helpful. So much information and it got confusing keeping track of all of the people so the information at the beginning of the book was helpful. I could not put it down and husband and dogs had to wait while I read to a stopping point. I am passing it along to my husband so he can read it--it took me a total of two days to read it. I have ordered more of her books from the library and I will probably be buying a copy of this book so I can reread it many times.

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asteraurora
Dec 20, 2014

Very detailed but fascinating account of the actions of the villagers and the network of concerned individuals who, between them, risked their lives to hide Jewish refugees from the Nazis in WW2 France.

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