The Holocaust in Paris: Suzanne's Children: 1 of 2: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris by Anne Nelson.

Apr 16, 12:00 AM


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The Holocaust in Paris: Suzanne's Children: 1 of 2: A

Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris by Anne Nelson. 

“Immersive . . . by placing Spaak’s singular story in the broader context of the occupation, Suzanne’s Children vividly dramatizes the stakes of acting morally in a time of brutality. Ms. Nelson’s exhaustive research reveals in chilling detail the gruesome methods with which the Nazis nearly succeeded in ridding France of its Jews, and exposes the easy complicity with which too many French aided them in that goal… [Suzanne Spaak’s] is a legacy worth reading about.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“A riveting book about a truly heroic woman in a Paris of resignation and shame. A must read !”— (Diane von Furstenberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman I Wanted to Be)

“At a time when we most need heroes, Anne Nelson gives us Suzanne Spaak, an undiscovered heroine of the French Resistance . Brave and enterprising, Suzanne defies Vichy and Nazi authorities and rescues hundreds of Jewish children. Impressively researched , Suzanne's Children is vivid proof that much more might have been done had others followed Spaak's mantra in the face of evil, “it faut faire quelque chose.” (Kati Marton, New York Times bestselling author of True Believer and Enemies of the People)

“During the German occupation of France, Suzanne Spaak displayed almost super-human courage, setting up an elaborate network to save Jewish children while working with numerous resistance groups. She knew full well the risks involved but never let them slow her down. Anne Nelson has written an extraordinary book that finally does justice to Spaak's story of heroism and sacrifice.” (Andrew Nagorski, author of The Nazi Hunters)

“One person of courage can make a difference. Anne Nelson tells the story of Suzanne Spaak, an elegant Belgian aristocrat who risked her life to save Jewish children in Nazi-occupied France. Her conscience told her someone had to do something. But, as Nelson’s gripping book shows, doing the right thing can also come at a price.” (Alan Riding, author of And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris)

“In a dogged work of research, Nelson illuminates the brave and tragically short life of Suzanne Spaak, nee Lorge, whose dangerous work hiding and finding shelter for Jewish orphans during the war in Paris brought imprisonment and death in 1944. . . . Nelson does a valiant job of bringing together the complex threads of this story. A page-turning account of the courageous actions of a woman recognized in 1985 by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Nelson is superb at showing the upheavals in Europe since WWI through vivid, illuminating details . . . Nelson also masterfully describes the incremental changes in the Jews’ plight under the Occupation . . . an important history about a heroine of the Holocaust.” (Booklist)

“This heartfelt story is almost a model for how popular history should be written; it will satisfy lovers of history, Jewish history in particular.” (Library Journal)