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COVER STORY The Christ child: a life lived for the whole world

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CANBERRA OBSERVED Libs fish around for explanations

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwanese agree to stick with nuclear power

EDUCATION In support of NAPLAN

VICTORIAN ELECTION Coalition collapse

ECONOMICS AND SOCIETY Mondragon Corporation: humanity at work

BREXIT December 12: D-Day for Britain's EU vote

EUTHANASIA WA Government ignores objections and lessons

TAIWAN Referendum stems homosexual tide

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Free trade and the WTO in the Trump era

MUSIC Teacher teachers: The jarring note in music courses

CLASSIC CINEMA The Adventures of Robin Hood: The one and only

BOOK REVIEW A triumph of determination

BOOK REVIEW An escape from futility and addiction

POETRY

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HIGHER EDUCATION Massification: it's the name of the game

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A GOOD PLACE TO HIDE:
How One French Community Saved Thousands Of Lives In World War II

Peter Grose

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(Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2014)
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN: 9781742376141
Price: AUD$32.95

 

Book description

They kept their heads down, they kept their mouths shut and they stuck together to offer sanctuary and shelter to over 3,500 Jews in their small villages in the isolated upper reaches of the Loire. This is one of the great modern stories of unknown heroism and courage.

Nobody asked questions, nobody demanded money. Villagers lied, covered up, procrastinated and concealed, but most importantly they welcomed.

This is the story of an isolated community in the upper reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to save the lives of 3,500 Jews under the noses of the Germans and the soldiers of Vichy France. It is the story of a pacifist Protestant pastor who broke laws and defied orders to protect the lives of total strangers. It is the story of an 18-year-old Jewish boy from Nice who forged 5,000 sets of false identity papers to save other Jews and French Resistance fighters from the Nazi concentration camps. And it is the story of a community of good men and women who offered sanctuary, kindness, solidarity and hospitality to people in desperate need, knowing full well the consequences to themselves.

Powerful and richly told, A Good Place to Hide speaks to the goodness and courage of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.

 

About the author

Peter Grose is a former journalist, literary agent and publisher. He has published two highly acclaimed books with Allen & Unwin, An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942 and A Very Rude Awakening: The Night the Japanese Midget Subs Came to Sydney Harbour

 

Endorsements

“A story resonant in our age ... a grand narrative ... a book to cherish and recommend.” — Thomas Keneally, AO

“Terrific … an important story deftly told.” — David Williamson AO.


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