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on 6 April 2016
The author claims to be telling the real story and not the myth, but the truth is totally compelling. Of course there was more than one village involved and not everyone they helped survived but what the residents of the plateau did was brave and remarkable. Pastor Andre Trocme comes over as principled and stubborn, with the ability to organise and motivate others. These are the qualities needed in perilous situations and if he wasn't a saint it doesn't matter because he (together with fellow Protestants, Jews and Catholics) helped to save countless lives.
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on 21 May 2017
This was a fantastic book and it was humbling to read of the incredible of individuals who, in the face of great personal danger, hid jewish children during the Second World War in Nazi occupied France. The network of people who were involved in not only sheltering these children but also in smuggling them into Switzerland and the U.S.A was astonishing. This is a must read.
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on 3 November 2015
Only about half way through this text, but learning SO much about what really happened in France during WWII. Why is it important to look back? It helps us understand the basis of many of the horrors of today. And it is forcing me to question - what would I have done under those circumstances? Would I be brave enough today to do the right thing? Not an easy read, but so well worth while investing the time.
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on 4 September 2016
Excellent if expensive
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on 5 June 2017
Harrowing and enlightening
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on 28 May 2017
good
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on 26 July 2015
In wartime occupied France, Jews are being rounded up and packed on to transport to concentration camps and an almost certain death. Villagers of the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon took in many Jews, hiding them from the Nazis, and enabling them to escape to safety. The bravery of many is heart-warming. Food supplies decline but somehow the villagers manage to continue to feed all the extra mouths. Helped by the Plateau being snowed in for several months each year and therefore not easily accessible during winter, but with a large influx of visitors during summer months, the villagers hid some of the Jewish children in plain sight, before moving them on.

There are many stories of bravery in the villages, and across France with passeurs who risk everything to bring Jewish children to the Plateau. Also some of those with power became increasingly disillusioned with the Nazis, and therefore at the least turned a blind eye to what they saw, and often gave advance warning of imminent Nazi visits.

The author certainly made this period come alive - thoroughly recommended.
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on 16 January 2016
Too many names to remember. It seemed just a list of people, places and incidents. Difficult to follow
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on 23 January 2017
A factual account of life in Vichy France. A frightening and terrible time for many and details the horrors ordinary people had to endure.
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on 4 January 2016
Reads a bit like undergraduate journalism. The author is telling a series of stories but does so in a way that seems as if she just started playing back the audio on her dictaphone from interviews then started typing them into the most straightforward paragraphs possible. I've read a wealth of holocaust literature and this is not great I'm afraid.
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