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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

One Day in France Tragedy and Betrayal in an Occupied Village by Jean-Marie Borzeix, translated by Gay McAuley, with a foreword by Caroline Moorehead

This is a harrowing account of atrocities committed by the Nazis in the Haute-Correze district of France.  Borzeix's research into four men who were shot there on Holy Thursday led him to discover the stories of other Jewish people, including Resistance fighters, and a search for descendants scattered across the world.

It's a moving but very sad tale which shows the importance of memory and discovering the truth. The Nazis had an obsessive desire to cover up their crimes, so finding out the names of those who were killed and providing them with memorials constitutes a triumph.  I also liked the descriptions of Borzeix's research and his meetings with the family members.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

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