Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village high in the mountains of the ArdEche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France. During World War II, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, OSS and Soe agents, and Jews. Many of those they protected were orphaned children whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. With unprecedented access to newly opened archives and interviews with some of the villagers who are still alive, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose their Nazi occupiers.
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"Documenting bravery in an isolated corner of France, Suzanne Toren narrates with clarity and authority. The story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France, is one of courage, compassion, and some controversy. It's called the village with a conscience because between 1940 and 1944, the villagers, primarily Protestants, hid 800 Jews and helped nearly 3,000 Jews and others escape to Switzerland. Toren pronounces French surnames and place names smoothly and accurately. As is the case with all history that relies on personal diaries and aging memories, researchers disagree on details, but Moorehead's version of events is compelling. D.L.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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