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By Caroline Moorehead

They have been lecturers, scholars, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer on the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental physician. They dispensed anti-Nazi leaflets, published subversive newspapers, concealed resisters, secreted Jews to defense, transported guns, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest used to be a schoolgirl of fifteen who scrawled "V" for victory at the partitions of her lycÉe; the eldest, a farmer's spouse in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and towns from throughout France, those courageous girls have been united in hatred and defiance in their Nazi occupiers.

finally, the Gestapo hunted down 230 of those ladies and imprisoned them in a castle outdoors Paris. Separated from domestic and family, those disparate contributors grew to become to each other, their universal adventure conquering divisions of age, schooling, career, and sophistication, as they discovered solace and power of their deep affection and camaraderie.

In January 1943, they have been despatched to their ultimate vacation spot: Auschwitz. merely forty-nine might go back to France.

A teach in Winter attracts on interviews with those ladies and their households; German, French, and varnish records; and files held through global warfare II resistance companies to discover a depressing bankruptcy of heritage that gives an inspiring portrait of normal humans, of bravery and survival—and of the extraordinary, enduring strength of woman friendship.

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British bombers could not defend themselves in daylight against German fighters and were forced to resort to night bombing. However, navigation aids were so poor that bombing accuracy was abysmally low, and D HOLY GHOST BUNKER, GEFECHTSSTAND IV, HAMBURG This shows Gefechtsstand IV, part of the Heiligengeistfeld Typ 1 Flaktürm complex in Hamburg, and popularly known as the Heiligengeistbunker (“Holy Ghost bunker”) by the local residents. 5m (230ft) wide and 39m (130ft) high. 5ft). It followed the same Typ 1 pattern as the original Berlin Flak towers, with some minor architectural differences.

Some early BWS manufactured in the 1930s were constructed of steel like this example, currently preserved at the Overloon Museum in the Netherlands. Once steel became scarce in the civilian economy, concrete became the preferred material. (Author) LEITTÜRM I, 1. FLAK-DIVISION, BERLIN The fire control towers of the Berlin Flak bunkers have not attracted as much attention as the larger gun towers. The first of these was Leittürm I, built in the Tiergarten at the Berlin Zoo. Codenamed Bär A (“Bear A”), its primary role was to provide fire direction for the gun tower.

As a result, a program began to create passageways between buildings by cutting through the walls, and creating a more modest fire barrier with thinner brick that could be readily demolished if necessary for escape. Public shelters were very clearly marked by signs, and large white arrows were painted on walls near the entrance as an aid at night-time due to the black-out measures. Enclosed trench shelters In general, new underground shelters were not the favoured design solution in Germany during the Sofortprogramm.

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