“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 lycée; 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.