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Outwitting the Gestapo [Hardcover]

Lucie Aubrac , Konrad Bieber , Betsy Wing
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Aug 1993
Lucie Aubrac (1912-2007), of Catholic and peasant background, was teaching history in a Lyon girls' school and newly married to Raymond, a Jewish engineer, when World War II broke out and divided France. The couple, living in the Vichy zone, soon joined the Resistance movement in opposition to the Nazis and their collaborators. "Outwitting the Gestapo" is Lucie's harrowing account of her participation in the Resistance: of the months when, though pregnant, she planned and took part in raids to free comrades--including her husband, under Nazi death sentence--from the prisons of Klaus Barbie, the infamous "Butcher of Lyon." Her book is also the basis for the 1997 French movie, "Lucie Aubrac," which was released in the United States in 1999.

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  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; Spine Lean edition (Aug 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803210299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803210295
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A breathtaking account that feeds the soul as much as it satisfies the appetite for vicarious danger."--Kirkus Reviews "This book is riveting. Adventure, terror, horror, and excitement are all here; it is a feminist class as well ... full of interesting information about wartime food, clothes, schooling and manners. It is also a sturdy tale of married love, sustained and requited. The translation is so good that it reads as if it had been written in English."--Times Literary Supplement "Lively and absorbing... [Aubrac's] book interweaves the everyday experience of incredibly hard times...with Resistance activities."--London Review of Books "There is a relish for the idiosyncratic ramifications of human character that reveal themselves in crisis... As the record of a female resistante's exploits, Aubrac's account is doubly valuable. [There is] a compelling sense of immediacy as events unfold."--Washington Post Book World "An excellent historical introduction on the Resistance movement ... and an appropriately taut translation ... enhance the impact of this stirring tale of heroism, which concerns not only Resistance members but ordinary citizens, notably women."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

The translator, Konrad Bieber, is an emeritus professor of French and comparative literature at SUNY, Stony Brook, and a survivor of Nazi Terror. The introducer is Margaret Collins Weitz, professor of humanities and languages at Suffolk University in Boston.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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I am very interested in history of the mid 20th ceentury. I don't know much about the work of the French Resistence and bought this book. Butthen I became concerned that it may be written by someone who was jumping on the bandwagon and claiming to have been active against the Nazi occupation, but in fact who had done little that was veryfiable.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. This book gives a most amzing account, not only of the author's braveness, but that of her husband and many associates. There really were some very couragous and active resisters in France.

And the book had a great personal side to it as well. As well as describing the Nazi oppression and French resistance, it gives an excellent account of life (and love and friendship) in occupied France.

A must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth stranger than fFiction 22 Feb 2010
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An astonishing story line no fiction writier could compete with. The story of a brilliant woman who displayed immence courage, conviction and love. Her bravery in recuing her husband is oustanding. It is easy to forget how diffiuclt and dangerous it was to be an active reisitant in France WW2. A special thank you to the translators who have done a first class job in brining this book to a wider audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Thriller of WWII 26 July 2011
This true story of brave resistance fighters in France during World War II shows the courage and fortitude of some French people who resisted the Nazi occupation of their beloved country. I have since purchased and watched the video (French speaking with English subtitles) that is based on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars France and resistance 19 Jan 2014
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After visiting the Resistance museum in Lyon recently this volume was most informative. Still fascinating nearly 70 years after the second world war how France still struggles to resolve dealing with its fascist history, anti-Semitism and deep rooted right wing politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 1 April 2012
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Superb insight and stunning account of life in France during WW2, through the eyes of Lucie Aubrac whom successfully juggled her roles as mother, teacher and resistant. As the book has been translated I didn't have high expectations of the writing style or quality but I was pleasantly surprised at how exceptionally strong those aspects have turned out to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outwitting the Gestapo 3 Feb 2013
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An excellent informative book., it gave a real insight into life in France under German rule. Also supplied facts about life - I did not realise how late women got the vote , for example.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outwitting the Gestapo 14 July 2014
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Excellent book
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