The Plateau

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Author(s): Maggie Paxson
Original Publish Date: Aug 13, 2019
Product Number: EB00744968
Released: Aug 13, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780698408739
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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During World War II, French villagers offered safe harbor to countless strangers—mostly children—as they fled for their lives. The same place offers refuge to migrants today. Why? In a remote pocket of Nazi-held France, ordinary people risked their lives to rescue many hundreds of strangers, mostly Jewish children. Was this a fluke of history, or something more? Anthropologist Maggie Paxson, certainties shaken by years of studying strife, arrives on the Plateau to explore this phenomenon: What are the traits that make a group choose selflessness? In this beautiful, wind-blown place, Paxson discovers a tradition of offering refuge that dates back centuries. But it is the story of a distant relative that provides the beacon for which she has been searching. Restless and idealistic, Daniel Trocme had found a life of meaning and purpose—or it found him—sheltering a group of children on the Plateau, until the Holocaust came for him, too. Paxson's journey into past and present turns up new answers, new questions, and a renewed faith in the possibilities for us all, in an age when global conflict has set millions adrift. Riveting, multilayered, and intensely personal, The Plateau is a deeply inspiring journey into the central conundrum of our time.

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Author(s): Maggie Paxson
Narrator(s): Maggie Paxson
Product Number Z100146013
Released: Aug 13, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9781984888570

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