Book Review: Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

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Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead is a non-fiction book taking place mostly in the France village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. The small village is the only one to receive Yad-Vashem’s award of “Righteous Among Nations”.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book –to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

  • 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062202472

Book Review Village of Secrets Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead

My rat­ing for Village of Secrets 4

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Thoughts:

Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France by Caroline Moorehead tells the story of the small village and its surrounding area which were responsible for saving thousands of people during World War II who were on the Gestapo’s wanted list. The villagers saved many Jews but also resisters, freemasons, communists, and downed Allied airmen.

While the narrative those center around Le Chambon, the author gives credit to the surrounding area for the great help in smuggling those folks out of occupied France into Switzerland. The author did a great job describing the turmoil of the deported, splitting families apart, young children wandering the countryside after being orphaned or that of Sylvia Menker who was gassed in Auschwitz on her first birthday.

This is a very interesting and informative book, if a bit repetitive, but it’s an important document for future generations. If you are interested in World War II, the era, France or Jewish themes you’d find this book fascinating.

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  • Give­away ends: Octo­ber 27, 2014

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Zohar — Man of la Book
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