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The Collaborators - the story of patriotism juxtaposed with family loyalty,
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I first read this story in the Readers' Digest collection of novels circa 1992 - yes, way back when! Anyway, to cut to the chase, this novel left an impression on my psyche for the best part of twenty years. I have been searching for this book, and I read this book again, which reaffirmed why it had left such an impression on me.
Janine Simonian is a Parisian shop girl working in her parents' cafe, who married a Jewish man and had two children with him. The Second World War has broken out, the Germans have come to occupy France, which is how she meets Lieutenant Gunther Mai... Her Jewish husband has been injured in the fighting, and her children were nearly shipped off to a concentration camp, with her mother in law. The only way she could help her loved ones was by becoming a Nazi Collaborator...
When one cuts through the lengthy 'gangster dialogue' between the Resistance characters, one is left with a poignant tale of the lengths a human would go to save their loved ones. A must-read.