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Women, Bravery, Female Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France 1943. How a band of 230 women resistors survived Auschwitz. Courageous ordinary women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world.

New York Times Bestseller

A haunting account of bravery, friendship, and endurance. –Marie Claire

The riveting and little-known story of a group of female members of the French resistance who were deported together to Auschwitz, a remarkable number of whom survived.

In January 1943, 230 brave women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time–a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship.

Caroline Moorehead, a distinguished biographer, human rights journalist, and author of Dancing to the Precipice and Human Cargo, brings to life an extraordinary story that readers of Mitchell Zuckoff’s Lost in Shangri-La, Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken will find an essential addition to our retelling of the history of World War II. A Train in Winter is a riveting, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world.

Meredith Maran, People (31/2 stars)

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A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead 

french woman resistor with Luftwaffe

How a band of women of the French Resistance survived Auschwitz

A Train In Winter is a moving story of the French Resistance recounting the deportation of 230 French women to Auschwitz-Birkenau on 24 January 1943. 49 survived. They were teachers, writers, chemists, housewives, students, an Opera singer, a midwife, a farmer’s wife, and dental surgeon. They were 16 to 60, and strangers to one another.

An important and moving account of defiance, powerful friendship, horror and survival. These women were from villages and cities across France. They printed subversive newspapers and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, transported weapons, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, and conveyed clandestine messages. Eventually, they were all hunted down by the Gestapo, separated from their families, and imprisoned outside Paris. It was there that they found solace and strength in each other.

In l943, they were all sent to Auschwitz. Only 49 returned to France. Six are alive in their 90s today. This is their story told in full for the first time. ISBN: 9780061650710.


caroline moorehead author of a train in winterCaroline Moorhead is a human rights journalist and biographer of Iris Origo, Bertrand Russell, Martha Gellhorn and Freya Stark. She lives in London and Italy.

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