The incredible story of the youngest members of the French Resistance who waged a hidden war against the Nazi occupiers and their collaborators in Paris and across France. On June 14, 1940 German tanks rolled into Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Most citizens adapted and many even allied themselves with the new fascist leadership. Yet others refused to capitulate; in answer to the ruthless violence shortages and curfews imposed by the Nazis a resistance arose. Among this shadow army were Jews, immigrants, communists, workers, writers, police officers, shop owners, including many young people in their teens and twenties. Sudden Courage brilliantly evokes this dark and uncertain period from the beginning of the occupation until the last German left French soil. A chronicle of youthful sacrifice and courage in the face of evil it is a story that holds relevance for our own time when democratic nations are once again under threat from rising nativism and authoritarianism. Beyond that, it is a riveting investigation about what it means for a young person to come of age under unpredictable and violent circumstances.
Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940 – 1945
- From the Publisher
January 1, 2013
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