A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France (2020)

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France Caroline Moorehead A Train in Winter An Extraordinary Story of Women Friendship and Resistance in Occupied France They were teachers students chemists writers and housewives a singer at the Paris Opera a midwife a dental surgeon They distributed anti Nazi leaflets printed subversive newspapers hid resiste
  • Title: A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
  • Author: Caroline Moorehead
  • ISBN: 9781455160259
  • Page: 419
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A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France Caroline Moorehead They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon They distributed anti Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, spirited Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages The youngest was a schoolgirl of fifteen who scrawled V for victory on the walls of herThey were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon They distributed anti Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, spirited Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages The youngest was a schoolgirl of fifteen who scrawled V for victory on the walls of her lyc e the eldest, a farmer s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen Strangers to each other, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.Eventually the Gestapo hunted down 230 of these women and imprisoned them in a fort outside Paris Separated from home and loved ones, these disparate individuals turned to one another, their common experience conquering divisions of age, education, profession, and class as they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination Auschwitz Only forty nine would return to France.A Train in Winter draws on interviews with these women and their families German, French, and Polish archives and World War II resistance organization documents to uncover a dark chapter of history that offers an inspiring portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and survival, and of the remarkable, enduring power of female friendship.
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  1. Elyse

    I recently saw that Carolyn Moorehead has a new book coming out in Aug of 2017, A Bold and Dangerous Family , A true story about an Italian Mother, her sons, and their Fight against Fascism, which I want to read I was declined within hours after having requested an advance copy on Netgalley, so I need to wait It looks terrific and I look forward to other reviews However, I had never read A Train in Winter An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France The Resistan [...]

  2. Melissa Prange

    A Train in Winter tells the fascinating story of the French resistance during World War II The author, Caroline Moorland, focuses her book on the women of the French resistance These women might not wield guns or plant bombs, but they do house refugees in their hotels, print papers in their basements, and hand out flyers in the streets These women chose to risk their lives rather than run to safety or simply endure The women are grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and children, and all are drawn i [...]

  3. Will Byrnes

    Updated 8 5 13 see link at bottomParis had become a city of collaborators, both open and hidden, anti Semites, anti Freemasons, repentant communists and right wing Catholics, who had hated Blum s Front Populaire and felt than a sneaking admiration for the German cult of youthful valour, orderliness and heroism Thankfully there were people who stood tall against the madness A Train in Winter is a moving and devastating story of a group of two hundred thirty incredibly brave French women, part of [...]

  4. Melanie

    In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the great Irish poet Seamus Heaney, whom we have lost this sad August morning, writes this In one of the poems best known to students in my generation, a poem which could be said to have taken the nutrients of the symbolist movement and made them available in capsule form, the American poet Archibald MacLeish affirmed that A poem should be equal to not true As a defiant statement of poetry s gift for telling truth but telling it slant, this is both cogent an [...]

  5. ☮Karen

    So the first half was chock full of names and dates like many nonfiction books that bore me to death But I knew from reading other reviews not to judge too quickly These were 230 women of all occupations, backgrounds, and aged 15 67 French women suspected of resistance, communism, or a variety of offenses All were very interesting in their own right But I ended up wishing the author had chosen to focus only on a handful of the women to tell the story of the group I knew the females depicted were [...]

  6. Lisa Vegan

    I think I d have enjoyed reading this book no matter what but I was particularly happy to read it with my reading buddy Diane, and glad that she wanted to read slowly through the book it made the reading experiencing really fun, if I can use that word, and absorbing and thinking about the information interesting I ve read extensively about the Holocaust, but I learned so much from this book I knew little of the treatment of French women Communists and other Nazi resistors I m fascinated with th [...]

  7. Jen

    This is a powerful book and one that will stay with me for a very long time A disturbing account of the atrocities that took place during WW2 A story about friendship, passion and survival Women who were involved in the resistance movement of occupied France by the Germans the steps they took to stand up and fight for their country and where it landed them on a train bound for a concentration camp All 230 of them This is a story of the depth of love these women had for each other how they protec [...]

  8. Diane S ☔

    A powerful and intense read covering the Nazi takeover of France and the early days of the French Resistance and underground communism movement Although it is always difficult to read any book covering the Nazi atrocities and this book is no exception, it is also so much There is generosity in the face of adversity, self sacrifice and friendships that help many of the woman get through their imprisonment at Auschwitz Although way to many died, still than average lived, the care these woman too [...]

  9. Christie

    A very fascinating and well written account of 230 women from France that stood up and took part in the Resistance The book follows them on the journey of German occupation of France to their fate up to and after the liberation of the concentration camps The author did what great authors do and that is impose thought and reflection on what you ve read There were a lot of questions that were raised for me that will give cause to research and learn about the many topics discussed I think about ho [...]

  10. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry A veritable Sahara of a book minus the camels The importance of memorializing these women is not in question, and I know many people will appreciate this book I just couldn t take the writing One quibble I had with the portion I did read She seems to be implying that all the people in the French Resistance were communists I m no history expert, but is that not incorrect

  11. Felicity

    In many ways, this book deserves a much higher rating Moorehead reconstructs the lives as best she can based on remaining historical evidence of French women sent to Nazi concentration camps during World War II, specifically the women of Convoy 31000 the number of the convoy that shuttled them from Paris to the camps and seared into their flesh forever as tattoos Most of the women on the convoy were political prisoners women who had been members of the Resistance or via other means, questioned t [...]

  12. Britany

    A Train in Winter tells the story of women of the French Resistance who were arrested and sentenced to prison and then transported to concentration camps during WWII A non fictionalized account of the French women who endured a harrowing experience that I personally have not read about before These women fought for communism and freedom, fighting to keep Paris alive during the Nazi invasion Sent to Auschwitz and then onto Ravensbruck, these women endured, some perished carrying their stories and [...]

  13. KOMET

    This book is true to its billing Though I was born a couple of decades after the Second World War, the War itself for me is not an abstraction My father and several relatives served in the military during the War, experienced the hazards of combat in Europe Besides, my father also knew people who lived in France under the German occupation Thus, reading this book was a reminder for me of how the Second World War impacted upon the heart and soul of a nation.The focus of the book is on a group of [...]

  14. Diane

    What an incredibly emotional, heavy and powerful book the cover of my copy states compelling and moving, a necessary book as written by the Washington Post I would say that describes this book perfectly.Such a large part of WW2 history is revealed in heart stopping and brutal detail I knew embarrassingly little about Germany s occupation of France, and even less about the French Resistance Not only do you read about the heartbreaking horrors of the camps , but the reader is also exposed to the o [...]

  15. Julie Christine

    This is indeed an extraordinary story I may try to write a in depth review, but I need some time to reflect and recover I will thank Moorehead for the gift she has given us in bringing to life the stories of these women and providing a voice to their suffering and astonishing courage If you think there is nothing you want or need to learn about World War II, this lovingly researched and written work will make you realize how little of we understand of the experience of women during the war and [...]

  16. Kate

    This is the story of 230 French women who were resisters to the Nazi occupation It was a story that I had not heard of before I imagine their tale had not been told for many reasons, the bulk of them were active members of the communist party, not people who western writers would want to honor.These women were born into families that were very patriotic and had a deep seated love of France and the concept of equality and fraternity All supporters of Leon Blum and his socialist party the Popular [...]

  17. Carl Brookins

    This book falls under the heading of true crime It deals with mass murder, attempted genocide and a side of France in the 1940 s that is generally not well known This is also one of the most difficult and amazing books I have ever had the privilege of reading This is, as the cover states, an extraordinary story of women, friendship and resistance in occupied France In mid June, 1940, the German army occupied Paris and France fell There was, for a while, a partition, Vichy France under the aging [...]

  18. Julie

    The value of this book lies in the bibliography and in the long list of names provided, of some of the women in the French Resistance Moorehead is undoubtedly a wonderful researcher, but she should have handed over her compiled knowledge to someone who could write because this book turns out to be merely a long laundry list, and nothing The women mentioned on the list deserved attention than that just to be named is not enough They deserved an author with a perceptive and sympathetic understan [...]

  19. Laurie Notaro

    One of the most phenomenal books I ve ever read It is essential, profound, moving, shocking, horrifying and astounding I am embarrassed that I knew nothing of these women before I read the book World War Two and the Holocaust are full of millions of stories, equally deserving of attention, but the fact that the fate of 230 women, most of them French resistance fighters between the ages of 15 65, had previously gone unmentioned is another crime against them As a group, they traveled from a French [...]

  20. Rita-Marie

    Whoa It s been awhile since I ve missed a book after I ve finished it and sobbed while reading it A meticulously researched work that was eye opening w insights about occupied France and the role of the resistance I was blown away by what the human spirit can endure I think everyone wonders what they would do when put in extraordinary circumstances and this book served as a testament to spectrum of the nature of the human animal while capturing the bonds of friendships and the horrors of WWII It [...]

  21. Sharon Metcalf

    This amazing book was so thoroughly researched it took 11 pages to document her source notes and the Bibliography Of greater significance in terms of making it a realistic and personal account, she also interviewed seven of the remaining survivors spending hours with them over a period of a year or two Whilst I did not like this book in the traditional sense it was nothing to do with the author or the quality of her writing It was simply that the content was so horrific, the atrocities so great [...]

  22. Stacey

    I made the mistake of trying to tackle this heavy non fiction book immediately after finishing a 3.5 year long process of obtaining my MBA My brain needed a rest so the result was me reading this over the course of almost two years, bits here and there It s an accurate and horrifying telling of the women of the resistance in France After having read a couple fictional accounts in the same time frame as this, The Nightingale and Lilac Girls, I found that many of the topics in this book were broug [...]

  23. David Williams

    Having just put down this book it s difficult for me to marshal my thoughts for a considered review simply because of the impact this harrowing account has had on me emotionally and psychologically It has left me weeping for the unimaginable cruelty humans are capable of wreaking on their fellows, and my heart full for the extraordinary sacrifices and selfless kind acts that others have been prepared to make in the face of such barbarity even while victims themselves, imprisoned in a man made he [...]

  24. Alisa

    This book recounts the journey of 230 French women who were arrested and imprisoned for participating in the French Resistance during the German occupation of France in WWII Many of these women did not know each other before they ended up in prison together, and as they were grouped together by their captors quickly formed a bond and found ways to look out after each other as a way to get through their dire circumstances Ranging in ages from 15 to mid 60s at the time of their capture, they were [...]

  25. Chris

    I did find parts of this book dry, but it is less dry when the women get imprisoned While I enjoyed the whole book, I did find it a little annoying that it was at times as if we were looking in at the women instead of following one narrative This might be a product of the subject matter, but I didn t feel the same way with books like Ravensbr ck Life and Death in Hitler s Concentration Camp for Women I think there needed to be a little glue I also was little annoyed at the idea of happily ever [...]

  26. Chrissie

    ETA please see message 27 below This is a concise summary of my view I am glad I read it, but I do believe it has too many problems to give it stars I am glad I learned about this French group of women particularly since I live and spend time in France I also appreciated that the French behavior during the war is shown honestly Many of them supported P tain This is not washed over I also found the info about Mengele s experiments both riveting and horrible I just wish I had come to know a few o [...]

  27. Kimba Tichenor

    This book follows the story of group of women interned by the Nazi Vichy regime for their role in the French Resistance As many reviewers have noted the book gets off to a very slow start the author s description of the women s lives before their imprisonment is perfunctory at best in fact Moorehead s description of the women rather irritatingly seems to focus on their physical appearance than on who they were, why they chose to resist, or even what their contribution to the resistance was This [...]

  28. Molly

    Moorehead s account describes the fate of 230 Frenchwomen who resisted Nazi occupation and Vichy collaboration by distributing anti German leaflets, vandalizing public places with pro resistance slogans, by smuggling Jewish neighbors and friends across the demarcation line, even striking German and French police officers who molested them and, after a long stint in terrible conditions in French prisons, ended up in Auschwitz in 1943 Many of these women were communists some had no political affil [...]

  29. Nancy

    How do you write a review on a book that contrasts the absolute cruelty and sadistic imaginations with friendship and altruism It is very difficult, indeed.I ve read many books on WWII that describe the Jewish POV and soldier POV This time the POV is that of female political prisoners of war This point of view hit closer to home as I am neither Jewish nor a soldier It begs the question, if placed in a situation where not in immediate danger, what side of the line would I stand The first part of [...]

  30. Carol

    If a book is to be judged on how fiercely it pierces the consciousness of its reader, this book deserves multiple stars Like others, I have seen the horrific photographs of the prisoners released from labor and concentration camps as the Allied forces swept through Europe I am always stunned and appalled to see in those photos what human beings can do to other human beings I m also quick to look away, because the prisoners, emaciated, filthy,and shorn of hair, seem almost not real, not human, an [...]

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