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From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the fascinating story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II.

High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During World War II, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, and, above all, Jews, many of them orphans whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. There were no informers, no denunciations, and nobody broke ranks. During raids, the children would hide in the woods, their packs on their backs, waiting to hear the farmers’ song that told them it was safe to return. After the war, Le Chambon became one of only two places in the world to be honored by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among Nations.

Just why and how Le Chambon and its outlying villages came to save so many people has never fully been told. With unprecedented access to newly opened archives in France, Britain, and Germany, along with interviews documenting the testimony of surviving villagers, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination; the accomplishments of a small group of people who banded together to oppose tyranny.

A major contribution to the history of the World War II, Village of Secrets sets the record straight about the events in Chambon and pays tribute to a group of heroic individuals for whom saving others became more important than their own lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The definitive account…[an] unblinking exposé of resistance during the war.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Le Chambon has long been mythologized in France for the actions of its inhabitants…. But, as this riveting history shows, the story is more complex…If the picture Moorhead paints is messier than the myth, this only serves to enhance the heroism of the main actors.”

    New Yorker

  • “[Moorehead] has done us the great service of unveiling the real lives behind the myth and in demonstrating that fallible human beings are far more interesting and dramatic figures than those who make up the stuff of legends.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The vivid narrative takes on a cliffhanger quality…a rich, haunting account that leaves us with an uncomfortable question: What might have happened if more people had refused to go along?”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Based on interviews with survivors and relatives and extensive archival research…an exciting history of nearly forgotten individual and group courage. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Moorehead’s deeply researched, crisply written, and well-paced work will stand as the definitive account of a heroic, hazardous, and uplifting initiative during the German occupation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Moorehead not only recounts the heroics but also the everyday ordinariness of those involved, busting the embellished mythology while emphasizing the essential humanity of the entire operation.”


  • “Moorehead recounts the story of a small area in eastern France where opposition to the Nazis succeeded for years…Moorehead’s knowledge of the people, the area, and the history make this one of the most engrossing survival stories of World War II.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Documenting bravery in an isolated corner of France, Suzanne Toren narrates with clarity and authority…Toren pronounces French surnames and place names smoothly and accurately.”


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About the Author
Author Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo, and Martha Gellhorn. Well known for her work in human rights, she has published a history of the Red Cross and an acclaimed book about refugees, Human Cargo. Her previous book was Dancing to the Precipice, a biography of Lucie de la Tour du Pin. She lives in London and Italy.