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Vivent les heroines!

On January 24, 1943, over two hundred women were placed in four cattle trucks on a train in Compiegne, France. They were members of the French Resistance, ranging in age from teenagers to the elderly. They had taken up arms against a brutal occupying force, the Nazis; but only forty-nine would return. The doors were bolted shut until the train reached Auschwitz. Yet, even in the most inhuman of places, these women could find moments of human grace in their companionship. Says the author, "So close did each of the women feel to the others, that to die oneself would be no worse than to see one of the others die."  Caroline Moorehead tells the whole story of the women on the train, and for the first time. A Train in Winter is a memorial to a unique group of heroines.

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