Suzanne's Children

Suzanne's Children

A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris

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Baker & Taylor
Documents the courageous story of Belgian Catholic and political family insider Suzanne Spaak, who joined the Resistance during the Nazi occupation of Paris and who used her fortune and status to enlist wealthy and powerful allies, ultimately sacrificing her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation to Auschwitz.

Baker
& Taylor

"A story of courage in the face of evil. The tense drama of Suzanne Spaak who risked and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi Paris to Auschwitz. This is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust. Suzanne Spaak was born into the Belgian Catholic elite and married into the country's leading political family. Her brother-in-law was the Foreign Minister and her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter Renâee Magritte. In Paris in the late 1930s her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life's purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups. Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups "kidnapped" hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers. In the final year of the occupation, Spaak was trapped in a Gestapo dragnet that was pursuing a Soviet agent she had aided. She was executed shortly before the liberation of Paris. Suzanne Spaak is honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among Nations"--
Chronicles the story of the Belgian Catholic and political insider who joined the Resistance and used her fortune and status to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation to Auschwitz, an act that ultimately took her life.

Simon and Schuster
“Immersive...Suzanne’s Children vividly dramatizes the stakes of acting morally in a time of brutality.”—The Wall Street Journal

A story of courage in the face of evil. The tense drama of Suzanne Spaak who risked and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi Paris to Auschwitz. This is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust.

Suzanne Spaak was born into the Belgian Catholic elite and married into the country’s leading political family. Her brother-in-law was the Foreign Minister and her husband Claude was a playwright and patron of the painter Renée Magritte. In Paris in the late 1930s her friendship with a Polish Jewish refugee led her to her life’s purpose. When France fell and the Nazis occupied Paris, she joined the Resistance. She used her fortune and social status to enlist allies among wealthy Parisians and church groups.

Under the eyes of the Gestapo, Suzanne and women from the Jewish and Christian resistance groups “kidnapped” hundreds of Jewish children to save them from the gas chambers.

In the final year of the Occupation Suzanne was caught in the Gestapo dragnet that was pursuing a Soviet agent she had aided. She was executed shortly before the liberation of Paris. Suzanne Spaak is honored in Israel as one of the Righteous Among Nations.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2017
ISBN: 9781501105326
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 NEL
Characteristics: xvi, 318 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map, ports. ;,24 cm.

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nellybells
Nov 26, 2017

I've read so many of these resistance and rescue books--archival and memoir. This reconstruction of Spaak's wartime work is really well done. The author is a journalist and it is just the facts, well written and compelling. Combined with "this happened and then this happened" the larger war events (such as Germany's attack on its ally Russia in June 1941) are included for the reader's further understanding.

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