The Nine: How a Band of Daring Resistance Women Escaped from Nazi Germany
The thrilling story of how nine young women, captured by the Nazis for being part of the Resistance, launched a breathtakingly bold escape and found their way home.
The Second World War raged across Europe. As the Nazi regime tightened its reign of horror and oppression, nine women, some still in their teens, joined the French and Dutch Resistance. Caught out in heroic acts against the brutal occupiers, they were each tortured and sent east into Greater Germany to a concentration camp, where they formed a powerful friendship. In 1945, as the war turned against Hitler, they were forced on a Death March. They faced starvation and almost certain death. Determined to survive, they made a bid for freedom. So began one of the most breathtaking tales of escape and resilience of the Second World War.
The author is the great-niece of one of the nine. She interweaves their gripping flight across war-torn Europe with her own detective work, uncovering the heart-stopping escape and survival of these heroes who fought fearlessly against Nazi Germany and lived to tell the tale.
About the Author
Gwen Strauss is an award-winning children’s book author and poet. Her poetry, and essays have appeared in The New Republic, New England Review and Kenyon Review. She lives in Southern France with her three children and her dog Zola. She works as the Director of the Dora Maar House, an artist residency programme.
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