A story of courage, fear, and defiance based on the authors own experience. A Packhorse Called Rachel is the remarkable tale of a girl of 20, daughter of a Jewish father, caught in the extraordinarily brutal world of France in 1944. Rachel moves through the book with her faithful dog Nourse, as her work with the Maquis based in the Auvergne takes her perilously close to danger.The account is based on personal experience, and the description of historical events is as true as memory will allow. It is beautifully written and at the same time captures the painful and lonely reality of life in the Maquis. Although all names have been changed, the writing includes some fine characterisations of the friends and foes the heroine meets and it describes the hardships resistance fighters, the Maquis, in the Auvergne had to face, the climate prevailing in winter, the Vichy traitors, and the hostility of ordinary people in Vichy France.Rachel overcomes the initial animosity and mistrust of the lecherous and alcoholic farmer Raboullet on whom she comes to rely; the wrath of the Gestapo, the betrayal of St Pré, a love and its tragic loss, and yet she triumphs.From the opening raid to the closing trial the book gives an incisive view, as we understand the mind and soul of the resistance better with each page. This is the story of a young woman paralleled with the struggle of a nation as it regains its courage to fight back. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barbara Kellermann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mybk/000032/bk_mybk_000032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is fascism? By focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said, the esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up "enemies of the state," through Mussolini's rise to power, to Germany's fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-twentieth-century European setting in which it emerged. "A deeply intelligent and very readable book. . . . Historical analysis at its best." -The Economist The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxton's classic Vichy France redefined our vision of World War II. Based on a lifetime of research, this compelling and important book transforms our knowledge of fascism-"the major political innovation of the twentieth century, and the source of much of its pain."
What is fascism? By focusing on the concrete, what the fascists did rather than what they said, the esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up "enemies of the state", through Mussolini's rise to power, to Germany's fascist radicalization in World War II, Paxton shows clearly why fascists came to power in some countries and not others, and he explores whether fascism could exist outside the early-20th-century European setting in which it emerged. The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxton's classic Vichy France redefined our vision of World War II. Based on a lifetime of research, this compelling and important book transforms our knowledge of fascism. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009857/bk_blak_009857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Coming of the French Revolution remains essential reading for anyone interested in the origins of this great turning point in the formation of the modern world. First published in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, and suppressed by the Vichy government, this classic work explains what happened in France in 1789, the first year of the French Revolution. Georges Lefebvre wrote history "from below"-a Marxist approach. Here, he places the peasantry at the center of his analysis, emphasizing the class struggles in France and the significant role they played in the coming of the revolution.Eloquently translated by the historian R. R. Palmer and featuring an introduction by Timothy Tackett that provides a concise intellectual biography of Lefebvre and a critical appraisal of the book, this Princeton Classics edition continues to offer fresh insights into democracy, dictatorship, and insurrection.
Captain Sue Lee Ono, a code breaker for Army intelligence, is moving deeper into the world of espionage. Her language skills take her to Nazi-occupied Paris, where her assignment is to find and help liberate a Jewish scientist. She needs to accomplish her mission before the Gestapo, with the help of the Vichy French, round up all the Jewish residents in Paris and ship them to Auschwitz to the gas chambers. Her handler and new lover is Alex Mueller from the Army Counter Intelligence Command. One of the legendary Ritchie Boys who specialize in methods of intelligence, counterintelligence, interrogation, investigation, psychological warfare, and killing. D. M. Sorlie's second book in the Sue Lee Mystery series takes you on a fast-moving story. Sue Lee is caught up in the timeline of World War Two, while trying to find the meaning of a cryptic message involving her beloved deceased Uncle Yoshi. She finds herself gathering more intriguing information as she travels on assignment to Hawaii, Australia, England, France, and The Rock of Gibraltar. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeffrey A. Hering. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061883/bk_acx0_061883_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gilbert Michlin's sober text thoroughly documents the story of a Jewish immigrant family in France during the war years. Known as the country of enlightenment and human rights, France drew many Jews from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, including Michlin's parents, who fled the harsh conditions of Poland in the mid-1920s. Michlin's memoir evokes the golden years of his family's life in prewar Paris, where he was born, but also reflects on the difficulties of being Jewish in France. His father learned this when French authorities rejected his request for naturalization on the symbolic pretext that he was "of no interest to the nation." The rise of Nazi Germany, the German occupation of France, and the advent of the Vichy government and its anti-Jewish laws would soon follow, and in 1944 the Michlin family would be deported to Auschwitz. Very little memoir material is available in English detailing either the French Jewish experience during World War II or the experience of immigrants in France in the 1930s. Of No Interest to the Nation is a valuable book for students and scholars of Jewish and European history, the Holocaust, and European immigration during the first half of the twentieth century. The book is published by Wayne State University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirk Winkler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099759/bk_acx0_099759_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hailed by the New York Times as "a book you will not readily forget", this World War II adventure tale of a nun who risks her life to help a Jewish couple escape Nazi-occupied France is the collaborative creative effort of Grand Master of crime fiction Dorothy Salisbury Davis and award-winning television writer Jerome Ross. It is harvest season in St. Hilaire, and for those who take their living from the land, it should be a joyous time. But in the fall of 1943, there is no joy in France. Paris has fallen, the Vichy government is collaborating with the Germans, and the Gestapo roam the countryside, conscripting French men to toil in faraway German factories. For Sister Gabrielle, a novice in the local convent, the occupation tries her faith as nothing has before. But she is about to get an opportunity to stand up to evil in a way that few of her countrymen have dared. Marc and Rachel Daridan arrive in St. Hilaire just a few steps ahead of the secret police and throw themselves on the mercy of Sister Gabrielle and the other nuns at the Convent of Ste. Genevive. In a time when doing right can mean death, this devout young woman takes on a risky, seemingly impossible challenge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Raynor Sauriat. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017632/bk_adbl_017632_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A witty approach to 2,000 years of French history from legendary popular historian John Julius Norwich. I can still feel, as if it were yesterday, the excitement of my first Channel crossing (as a child of nearly seven) in September 1936; the regiment of porters, smelling asphyxiatingly of garlic in their blue-green blousons; the raucous sound all around me of spoken French; the immense fields of Normandy strangely devoid of hedges; then the Gare du Nord at twilight, the policemen with their képis and their little snow-white batons; and my first sight of the Eiffel Tower.... This book is written in the belief that the average English-speaking man or woman has remarkably little knowledge of French history. We may know a bit about Napoleon or Joan of Arc or Louis XIV, but for most of us that's about it. In my own three schools we were taught only about the battles we won: Crécy and Poitiers, Agincourt and Waterloo. The rest was silence. So here is my attempt to fill in the blanks.... John Julius Norwich (at 88) has finally written the book he always wanted to write, the extremely colourful story of the country he loves best. From frowning Roman generals and belligerent Gallic chieftains to Charlemagne (hated by generations of French children taught that he invented schools) through Marie Antoinette and the storming of the Bastille to Vichy, the Resistance and beyond, France is packed with heroes and villains, adventures and battles, romance and revolution. Full of memorable stories and racy anecdotes, this is the perfect introduction to the country that has inspired the rest of the world to live, dress, eat - and love better. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Julius Norwich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001335/bk_hodd_001335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The haunted mind of a brave patriot; a bitter betrayal by the Third Reich, soothed by the arms of a forbidden affair. On Either Side is essentially a love story set during World War II between a young German SS Officer, Karl Wulf, and an English nurse Brenda King. The couple meet late in the book when Karl is wounded at the Battle for Caen and brought to a British Field Hospital on the outskirts of the city. Before this Karl is awarded the Knight's Cross for courage and loyalty to the Reich demonstrated on the Eastern Front, and is assigned by Heinrich Himmler for rest and recuperation to the Sobibor death camp in a benign role to convalesce for a few weeks before being sent back to active service. Here he discovers the true purpose of the camp and is appalled and mentally scarred by the genocide he witnesses. With the help of another guard at the camp he plans a successful escape of a small group of Jewish prisoners. However, he is suspected of collusion with the escape and so sent back to Berlin. But Himmler admires the qualities of Karl, his bravery and conscientiousness, and adopts him briefly as a confidante before being reunited with his Sobibor co-conspirator and being sent to Limoges in Vichy France to take over command of an SS field base at Masset Farm in Oradour-sur-Glane (village infamous for the Oradour massacre). With the onset of the D-Day invasion, Karl's orders are changed and he is sent to Paris, under the supervision of the German hierarchy, to root out Jews hiding in the city for deportation to the death camps. But his conscience couldn't entertain such orders and so, before he leaves for Paris, he arranges an escape route, with the help of a local priest, for Jews from Paris to a temporary safe house at Oradour en route to freedom in Spain. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca McKernan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106353/bk_acx0_106353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.