Feb 11, 12
Read in February, 2012
Author interviewed four women in their 90s who survived World War II Nazi concentration camps. She also traveled throughout France to gather other information about the fate of nearly 300 French women who were arrested and for crimes of working for the French resistance. Well-documented is the descriptions of suffering the women endured. Some were teenagers; others mothers who were taken away leaving small children in an empty house to fend for themselves. No fun to read about one atrocity after another, no suspense, but I read on, hoping I guess, for another story of stealth and courage. In the first part of the book there’s plenty of that. Then they’re stuffed into a cattle car headed for Auschwitz, Birkenau or similar notorious place of death. Appendix lists names and subsequent vita about seven women alive at time author began writing, 42 who returned home, and 167 who died in prison and camps.