A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France (The Resistance Trilogy)
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The first part of the book details the activities of these women prior to their capture by the Germans, how they opposed German occupation is ways small and large. These women came from a range of backgrounds, but once captured, they began to forge a bond of friendship that would be fundamental to their survival at the brutal hands of their captors.
The second half of the book tells to horrific tale of what happened to these women after that train departed. They were taken to Birkenau, at Auschwitz, where they endured brutal treatment, starvation rations, and inhuman conditions. The descriptions of this ordeal are graphic and difficult to read, but serve as part of the damning record of some of the worst abuses ever perpetrated by people against other people. That any of these women survived is an absolute miracle and a testament to the indomitable human will to survive.
While these 230 women are an insignificant portion of the overall human carnage wrought by the Nazi killing apparatus, this does not diminish the importance of this book. With its detailed account of the lives and deaths of these women, it fills in gaps in the greater account of this evil.
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