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Drawing on interviews with these women and their families, and on documents in German, French, and Polish archives, A Train in Winter is a remarkable account of the extraordinary courage of ordinary people—a story of bravery, survival, and the enduring power of female friendship. Sign up for free! Join our Signed First Edition Club or give a gift subscription for a signed book of great literary merit, delivered to you monthly.

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A Train In Winter: An Extraordinary Story Of Women, Friendship And Survival In World War Two

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If a theme could characterize this period, it is survival.


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At first, women from all over France were consolidated in Romainville, a fort just outside of Paris. The detainees were women ranging in age from 16 to their late 60s. Their numbers included a doctor, a dentist, pharmacists, elderly farmworkers, and young students. Some farmworkers were caught with concealed weapons in their market baskets or carrying inexplicably large sums of cash.

Many were widows whose husbands had already met their fate. During their detention, the women looked after each other, realizing that this made the difference in their survival. Many of the skills learned as resisters also served them after they were transferred to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Prisoners developed ways of communicating news from the outside.


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They bartered. They sabotaged production and ignored incentives.

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Still, few survived. Two years and three months later, only 49 women returned to France. Survival could be credited to inner character, very much mixed with chance. Those who returned after the war clustered in the mid-age range—very young and very old did not survive. Those whose lives were previously directed by self-denial and discipline fared best; the privileged and those lacking life experience, less so.

In the final section, Ms. Moorehead explains what happened to the 49 survivors.