The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany
"Utterly gripping." ―Anne Sebba, author of Les Parisiennes"A compelling, beautifully written story of resilience,friendship and survival. The story of Women’s resistance duringWorld War II needs to be told and The Nine accomplishes this inspades." ―Heather Morris, New York Times bestselling author ofCilka's JourneyThe Nine follows the true story of the author’s great auntHélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fightersas they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-dayjourney across the front lines of WWII from Germany back toParis.The nine women were all under thirty when they joined theresistance. They smuggled arms through Europe, harbored parachutingagents, coordinated communications between regional sectors,trekked escape routes to Spain and hid Jewish children in scatteredapartments. They were arrested by French police, interrogated andtortured by the Gestapo. They were subjected to a series of Frenchprisons and deported to Germany. The group formed along the way,meeting at different points, in prison, in transit, and atRavensbrück. By the time they were enslaved at the labor camp inLeipzig, they were a close-knit group of friends. During the finaldays of the war, forced onto a death march, the nine chose theirmoment and made a daring escape.Drawing on incredible research, this powerful, heart-stoppingnarrative from Gwen Strauss is a moving tribute to the power ofhumanity and friendship in the darkest of times.