The Cost of Courage

The Cost of Courage

eBook - 2015
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"The result is a mix of history, biography and memoir which reads like a nerve-racking thriller." —The Guardian (US) This heroic true story of the three youngest children of a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance is told by an American writer who has known and admired the family for five decades In the autumn of 1943, André Boulloche became de Gaulle’s military delegate in Paris, coordinating all the Resistance movements in the nine northern regions of France only to be betrayed by one of his associates, arrested, wounded by the Gestapo, and taken prisoner. His sisters carried on the fight without him until the end of the war. André survived three concentration camps and later became a prominent French politician who devoted the rest of his life to reconciliation of France and Germany. His parents and oldest brother were arrested and shipped off on the last train from Paris to Germany before the liberation, and died in the camps. Since then, silence has been the Boulloches’s answer to dealing with the unbearable. This is the first time the family has cooperated with an author to recount their extraordinary ordeal.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Other Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781590516157
Branch Call Number: 3M CLOUD LIBRARY
Characteristics: 300 p
Additional Contributors: CLOUDLIBRARY


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Sep 30, 2017

A must-read. The story is gripping (of course). The impact on the continuing lives of the three siblings - and on their children and extended family - is unexpected. The author's exploration of two plausible reader reactions: I would have done the same, vs I could never have done this, provides food for thought.

Mar 29, 2016

Good read about the resistance and how one family was affected by the war and each family member's path during the war and after the war. So wonderful that the author was able to get the stories from these heroes who thought they were doing what anyone would do and did not judge other family members for what they did or did not do

Dec 03, 2015

An excellent book - I learned so much about the French Resistance and the struggles the people of France endured during World War II

Oct 01, 2015

This was a very moving true story of a French family in which 3 adult children joined the French Resistance, and what happened to them and to other family members. The author, a family friend, was given access to pictures, official documents and family letters, and the result is a big story (WW2 in Europe) told through the smaller lens of this heroic family.


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