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On August 4, 1940, an unassuming American journalist named Varian Fry made his way to Marseilles, France, carrying in his pockets the names of approximately two hundred artists and intellectuals—all enemies of the new Nazi regime. As a volunteer for the Emergency Rescue Committee, Fry’s mission was to help these refugees flee to safety, then return home two weeks later. As more and more people came to him for assistance, however, he realized the situation was far worse than anyone in America had suspected—and his role far greater than he had imagined. He remained in France for over a year, refusing to leave until he was forcibly evicted. At a time when most Americans ignored the atrocities in Europe, Varian Fry engaged in covert operations, putting himself in great danger, to save strangers in a foreign land. He was instrumental in the rescue of over two thousand refugees, including the novelist Heinrich Mann and the artist Marc Chagall.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Her [Carla Killough McClafferty] writing is sturdy, straightforward, and unadorned.”

    Arkansas Times

  • “The author’s clear language makes the chronological story thrilling. She gives useful historical background to the individual saga…Highly recommended.”

    Jewish Book World Magazine (starred review)

  • “Rescue stories bring hope to the Holocuast darkness, and this stirring account of a young New York City journalist who secretly helped over two thousand refugees escape Nazi-occupied France blends exciting adventure with the grim history.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Numerous black-and-white photographs of the period and individuals who worked closely with Fry augment the readable and well-documented text. This is an intriguing look at how life completely changed for so many and how ingenuity and daring used by a few outwitted the enemy and saved lives.”

    School Library Journal

  • “An interesting read that shines a light on a hitherto little-known figure.”

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About the Author

Carla Killough McClafferty is an author of non-fiction for children, writing mostly about science and history. The International Reading Association awarded the 2007 Children’s Book Award for Intermediate Nonfiction to her book Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium. The National Council of Teachers of English gave a 2008 Orbis Pictus Recommended book designation to In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry.