Suzanne's Children

Suzanne's Children

A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris

eBook - 2017
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A story of courage in the face of evil. The tense drama of Suzanne Spaak who risked and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi Paris to Auschwitz. This is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust. Suzanne Spaak was born into the Belgian Catholic elite and married into the country's leading political family. Her brother-in-law was the Foreign Minister and her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter RenEe Magritte. In Paris in the late 1930s her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life's purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups "kidnapped" hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers. In the final year of the Occupation Suzanne was caught in the Gestapo dragnet that was pursuing a Soviet agent she had aided. She was executed shortly before the liberation of Paris. Suzanne Spaak is honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among Nations.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Audio, 2017
ISBN: 9781501105340
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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nellybells
Nov 26, 2017

I've read so many of these resistance and rescue books--archival and memoir. This reconstruction of Spaak's wartime work is really well done. The author is a journalist and it is just the facts, well written and compelling. Combined with "this happened and then this happened" the larger war events (such as Germany's attack on its ally Russia in June 1941) are included for the reader's further understanding.

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