By Caroline Moorehead
From the writer of the New York Times bestseller A teach in Winter comes the soaking up tale of a French village that helped keep hundreds of thousands hunted by means of the Gestapo in the course of international battle II—told in complete for the 1st time.
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered homes excessive within the mountains of the Ardèche, probably the most distant and inaccessible components of jap France. through the moment global struggle, the population of this tiny mountain village and its parishes stored millions sought after by means of the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and SOE brokers, and Jews. lots of these they secure have been orphaned little ones and infants whose mom and dad were deported to focus camps.
With unheard of entry to newly opened files in France, Britain, and Germany, and interviews with a number of the villagers from the interval who're nonetheless alive, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of braveness and resolution: of what was once comprehensive whilst a small workforce of individuals banded jointly to oppose their Nazi occupiers. an exhilarating and atmospheric story of silence and complicity, Village of Secrets finds how each of the population of Chambon remained silent in a rustic notorious for collaboration. but it's also a narrative approximately mythmaking, and the fallibility of memory.
A significant contribution to WWII background, illustrated with black-and-white photographs, Village of Secrets units the list immediately in regards to the occasions in Chambon, and will pay tribute to a gaggle of heroic contributors, so much of them ladies, for whom saving others turned extra vital than their very own lives.