Holocaust Remembrance Day – Jan 27, 1943 70 Yrs Ago Today – 230 French Female Political Prisoners arrive in Auschwitz #Holocaust…

Danielle Casanova, #31655, died 9 May 1943

“They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon and the playwright Charlotte Delbo. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of fifteen who scrawled “V” for victory on the walls of her lycĂ©e; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen.” They have been in prison for many months when they are moved to Auschwitz and given the numbers 31591-31624. Of the 230 women to go into the camp , 49 survived.Their goal was “keeping alive, remaining me.”

Their story is chronicled in Caroline Moorehead’s wonderful book Train in Winter.


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