A Good Place to Hide: How One French Community Saved Thousands of Lives in World War II
'A story resonant in our age ...a grand narrative ...a book to cherish and recommend.' - Thomas Keneally..'Terrific ...an important story deftly told.' - David Williamson..Nobody asked questions, nobody demanded money. Villagers lied, covered up, procrastinated and concealed, but most importantly they welcomed...This is the story of an isolated community in the upper reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to save the lives of 3500 Jews under the noses of the Germans and the soldiers of Vichy France. It is the story of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke laws and defied orders to protect the lives of total strangers. It is the story of an eighteen-year-old Jewish boy from Nice who forged 5000 sets of false identity papers to save other Jews and French Resistance fighters from the Nazi concentration camps. And it is the story of a community of good men and women who offered sanctuary, kindness, solidarity and hospitality to people in desperate need, knowing full well the consequences to themselves...Powerful and richly told, A Good Place to Hide speaks to the goodness and courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Peter Grose is a former journalist, literary agent and publisher. He has published two highly acclaimed books with Allen & Unwin, An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942 and A Very Rude Awakening: The night the Japanese midget subs came to Sydney Harbour.
Maps Introduction Prologue PART I PREPARATION 1 Pastors 2 War 3 Camps PART II REFUGE 4 Jews 5 Fun 6 Rebellion PART III OCCUPATION 7 Fresh blood 8 Forgers 9 Arrest 10 Switzerland 11 Smugglers 12 Germans PART IV RESISTANCE 13 Violence 14 Invasion PART V LIBERATION 15 Guns 16 Victory Conclusion Whatever happened to ... ? Appendix 1: Huguenots Appendix 2: The weapons of the spirit Acknowledgements Notes Bibliography