A Good Place to Hide
How one French community saved thousands of lives in World War II By Peter Grose Published by Allen & Unwin http://www.allenandunwin.com
RRP $32.99 in paperback ISBN 9781742376141
This is the story of an isolated community in the upper reaches of the Loire Valley that conspired to save the lives of 3500 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 eighteen-year-old Jewish boy from Nice who forged 5000 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. Peter Grose is a former journalist, literary agent and publisher. He now lives in France. 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. You can listen to Peter Grose In Conversation with ABC’s Richard Fidler, at this link.