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This 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.'
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Published August 1st 1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1984)
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Merrikay
This is the third book I have read on the French Resistance, which I am finding to be a fascinating subject. The first book was fiction, the second more of a personal although very educational journal. This third book is written in journal form but is giving me much more history about the formation of the Resistance. It is giving me a big picture of the breadth of the Resistance, both inside and outside of France, as well as in both occupied France and free France. More forms of resistance are d...more
Keri
I do not know how I got this book and it has been sitting by my bedside for a while but I finally got desperate to read something. This book was very interesting to me. It probably is well written in French but there are a few things that seem confusing or out of order. However it is well worth reading. A first hand account of the French resistance and an interesting life at challenging times makes good reading even for a person who prefers fiction and literature.
Megan
In Outwitting the Gestapo by Lucie Aubrac, Lucie retells her chilling experiences of living in occupied France during World War II. Before the occupation of France, Lucie was an strong-willed Catholic schoolteacher married to a loving Jewish man with a young son and a seeming average life. However, this all changed when the Nazis invaded France in 1943. Her husband, Raymond, went underground and together they joined the French Resistance, a league against Nazis. Through heroic journeys through u...more
Ashley Lauren
Lucie Aubrac was one kick-a, bad-a lady.

Germans on my doorstep? Whatever, I'll just lie to their face.

Nazis capture my (Jewish) husband? NBD, I'll just march up to Klaus Barbie and give him a piece of my mind.

Pregnant? Psh, I'll go on raids and rescue missions until I start having labor pains.


Seriously, there's a book (and I guess, a movie) about Lucie Aubrac (aka: Catherine, Lucie Bernard, Lucie Samuels, etc) for good reason. She did some incredible things as part of the Resistance in France in...more
Regina Lindsey
Lucie Aburac, a history teacher, and her husband, Raymond, an engineer, decline an opportunity to further their studies in the United States to remian in German occupied France and help start the Reistance work under the Liberation Sud. The work covers the couple's activities during the nine months of Lucie's second pregrnancy, is told in diary style, and interspersed with flashbacks to fill in historical context.

It is hard to rate the book. I have been so entrenched in the dark side of humanit...more
Divinebooks
I found myself not believing Lucie Aubrac, and felt it read more like a diary of a collaborator than one who bravely fought against the Nazis.

I felt guilty for thinking this of her. She's a true character in history. I couldn't help but google her afterwards to find, that her heroic acts have been questioned by many others who are rather dubious of her accounts.

Many people 'close' to her in the resistance get arrested and killed, the Nazis always seem to know where her friends in the resistance...more
BarbaraNathalie
I read this book after viewing Lucie Aubrac, the film that was inspired by the experiences and challenges facing the French resistance during WWII. The film is impossible to find now, but fortunately the story is available througth the book.

Written as a memoir, Lucie Aubrac reveals the barbaric atrocities by Barbie, the butcher of Lyon. Lucie's husband is captured after contributing to a series of resistance manoevers, so the very pregnant Lucie goes to great lengths to gain the the interest an...more
dejah_thoris
If get a chance, read this memoir of Lucie Aubrac's involvement with the French Resistance. Pregnant with her second child and mothering her first, this diary-style memoir of a family's life and struggles as active members of the Resistance is fascinating. Of course, Lucie is flown out of France at the last possible moment to give birth to her second child in London during the nightly Blitzkrieg. Stubborn as a mule and clever as a cat, she's rescued her own husband three times from the Gestapo,...more
Ladygwen
This was an amazing story. I was very impressed by the bravery of Lucie Aubrac and the other members of the French Resistance. She told this small section of her fight in a very frank and personal way, with humor and wit and detail. I wish she would have chronicled all of her resistance work- like when she rescued her husband from a death camp- but she didn't feel that was important enough to write about- she just wanted to chronicle the last 9 months, in which she rescued her husband from priso...more
Ann
A memoir about life in the French Resistance, 1942-2943. Most of it is focused on Lucie's attempt to free her imprisoned husband, along with anecdotes about encounters with various Resistance leaders, including Jean Moulin. Lucie was teaching at the Lyon Lycee, taking care of a 2-year old, and pregnant tthe time of these events. Some of the most moving passages have nothing to do with guerilla tactics but with Lucie's joy in her Boubou and the details of daily life under the Nazi regime. Clothes...more
Allison
It took me a while to get through the first third of this book, which is strangely not as flowing and connected as I would have thought it would have been. I was terribly intrigued halfway through, and could not put it down for the last 95 pages. If you have read my other reviews or reads, well you know that I adore France (must be the cheese and pate) and am intrigued by the war and the resistance movement. Great memoir. How can one not appreciate an extraordinarily brave woman, who faced fears...more
Jim
If you like learning about the women in the French Resistance - WW II - you'll like this.
Em
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Meg
A bit difficult to get into at first, especially because it was my first foray into French Resistance in WWII so I did not know a lot of the names Aubrac talks about as common knowledge. I soon did not care, Lucie Aubrac's story is compelling, you will find yourself rooting for her, holding your breath at each plan and plot.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for a book about a woman with guts and gusto.
Michael Selvin
Remarkable memoir over six months during her pregnancy of the French resistance. She relates details of her husband and her experiences of working against the occupiers and the milice. Lots of day-to-day activities, including a major operation to liberate her husband from prison. On the way, she met Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon. Places the reader inside the action.
Joel Walsh
Unbelievable. While her Jewish husband is imprisoned by the Gestapo, she visits Klaus Barbie in person under a fake name to try to find out where he is. Meanwhile, she continues her teaching job and even goes on a planned all-day field trip days before the planned jail-break. And when I was a teacher, I would freak out just from having to organize the permission slips.
William
Memoir of service in French Resistance. Much of my seminar's discussion centered around Aubrac's decision to (and possible motives for) write her experience in the form of a diary, though she didn't keep one during her time in the Resistance. Good book for teaching the Resistance or critical reading of sources.
Mary Hauer
Amazing first-person account of working with the French Resistance
Jess
I felt like I was actually experiencing the same things that she experienced too. Although it was a bit confusing, I think that can be chalked up to the nature of her "job" because there was so many different names that were being thrown around.
Pancha
An outstanding story of bravery. Resistance member Lucie Aubrac rescued her husband from Gestapo prisons three time, once while heavily pregnant. A memoir written in the diary format to better get across what life was like in occupied France.
Christine
I've read loads about what it was like in England during the war for people not in the forces and want to learn about the equivelent in France.
Phil Beardmore
Inspiring story of resistance to the Nazis, plus fond memories for me of the year I spent in Lyon as a student.
Ruth
A great review of a woman in the French resistance movement from Lyon. A must read for French travelers!
Megan
Amazing!! A bit of language though. But the courage...wow.
Paul
The memoirs of Resistance fighter Lucie Aubrac dated mostly in 1943, when she was pregnant with her second child, Catherine. Lucie’s story is written (and/or translated) in an entertaining style. I was at first disappointed with her low-key account of the assault of which she was a part on the German truck which released her husband Raymond from incarceration and ultimately execution. The reason however becomes clear later in the book; Lucie views the attack as merely one of countless acts of re...more
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“We have been waiting for an hour when we see a squad of German soldiers line up on the roadbed alongside the train. Next comes a column of people in civilian clothes. Surely they are Jews. All of them are rather well dressed, with suitcases in their hands as if departing peacefully on vacation. They climb aboard the train while a sergeant major keeps them moving along, “Schnell, schnell.” There are men and women of all ages, even children. Among them I see one of my former students, Jeanine Crémieux. She got married in 1941 and had a baby last spring. She is holding the infant in her left arm and a suitcase in her right hand. The first step is very high above the rocky roadbed. She puts the suitcase on the step and holds on with one hand to the doorjamb, but she can’t quite hoist herself up. The sergeant major comes running, hollers, and kicks her in the rear. Losing her balance, she screams as her baby falls to the ground, a pathetic little white wailing heap. I will never know if it was hurt, because my friends pulled me back and grabbed my hand just as I was about to shoot.

Today I know what hate is, real hate, and I swear to myself that these acts will be paid for.”
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