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Suzanne's Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris

Anne Nelson.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover, First Edition, Signed Bookplate
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781501105326
Pages/Publication Date 318/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79486
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(First Edition, Signed Bookplate) Married into Belgium's leading political family—her brother-in-law was the Foreign Minister and her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of painter René Magritte—Suzanne Spaak was an elite member of European Catholic society in the 1930s; it was her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee in Paris, however, that would determine the course of her life. During the Nazi Occupation, Spaak joined the Resistance, using her social status and fortune to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. She and her network "kidnapped" hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers; not until the last year of the Occupation did the Gestapo catch up with her, and she was executed shortly before the liberation of Paris. The author of Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler, Anne Nelson uncovers the all but unknown story of Suzanne Spaak, honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among Nations. Her stirring portrait is presented here in a first edition with a signed bookplate.

"In a dogged work of research, Nelson illuminates the brave and tragically short life of Suzanne Spaak, née 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."—Kirkus Reviews

"During the German occupation of France, Suzanne Spaak displayed almost superhuman 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

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