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Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France SOLD OUT

Wednesday 25 March 2015

1 Hour


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Biographer Caroline Moorhead tells the story of a group of remote villages high on the plateau of France’s Massif Central whose inhabitants saved thousands of people from the Nazi concentration camps. The people of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding area kept persecuted people from danger, whether they were freemasons, resisters, communists or Jews, and throughout the war no one broke the silence. Moorehead interviewed some of the main protagonists, who are still alive today, and carried out meticulous research to tell for the first time the full story of how the villagers achieved this.

Moorehead has written biographies of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her biography of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Dancing to the Precipice, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, and Village of Secrets was shortlisted for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize.

Here she talks to writer Rebecca Abrams.