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About the Author

Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her books include Human Cargo: A Journey among Refugees, Dancing to the Precipice, A Train in Winter, and Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Works by Caroline Moorehead

Martha Gellhorn: A Life (2003) 264 copies
Selected Letters of Martha Gellhorn (2006) — Editor — 123 copies
Bertrand Russell: A Life (1992) 68 copies
The Lost Treasures of Troy (1994) 63 copies
Freya Stark (1985) 41 copies

Associated Works

A Stricken Field (1940) — Foreword, some editions — 139 copies
Granta 115: The F Word (2011) — Contributor — 113 copies
Van Gogh, The life and work of the artist illustrated with 80 colour plates (1966) — Translator, some editions — 68 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Moorehead, Caroline
Birthdate
1944-10-28
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Education
University of London (BA|1965)
Occupations
journalist
biographer
journalist
human rights advocate
book reviewer
Organizations
Index on Censorship
British Institute of Human Rights
Royal Society of Literature
Society of Authors
English PEN
London Library
Awards and honors
Order of the British Empire (Officer, 2005)
Royal Society of Literature (Fellow)
Short biography
Caroline Moorehead was born in London and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of London in 1965. She is has written biographies of Bertrand Russell, Heinrich Schliemann, Freya Stark, Iris Origo, Martha Gellhorn, and aristocrat Lucie de la Tour du Pin. She also has written a number of nonfiction pieces centered on human rights, including a history of the International Committee of the Red Cross. She began a trilogy of books on the French Resistance in World War II with A Train in Winter (2011) which focuses on 230 French women of the Resistance sent to Auschwitz. Village of Secrets (2014) describes a wartime French village that helped 3,000 Jews to safety.

She has also written book reviews for various newspapers and reviews, including the Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Spectator, and The New York Review of Books. She specialized in human rights as a journalist, contributing a column first to the Times and then the Independent, and co-producing and writing a series of programs on human rights for BBC television.

She has served on the committees of the Royal Society of Literature, of which she was elected a Fellow in 1993; the Society of Authors; English PEN; and the London Library. She was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2005.

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I am finishing this book on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2023, 80 years after the events recounted in this book.

This book is largely about one group of victims of the German occupation of France: some 249 women who fought silently for the French Resistance and who were given up by snitches and collaborator French police to the German SS.

Tortured by their captors, eventually shipped off to Birkenau concentration camp, many to die from abuse, starvation, or disease. Many murdered by murderers.

But this book is also about how France reacted to occupation by the Nazis. The new French government, among other things, banned abortion and condoned the burning of books. They did the dirty work of identifying and collecting French and other Jews for destruction in the death camps.

I am always shocked the brutality of the era.
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MylesKesten | 54 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
The most unbelievable part of this true story is that even one of these women survived at all. Members of the French Resistance, these women were betrayed, rounded up, and deported -- to Auschwitz. They showed unbelievable courage in the face of unspeakable cruelty. Caroline Moorehead does an admirable job in immersing us in the world of the resistance fighter and the hardships once they were "transported east". Hard to read, but even harder to put down.
 
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tvemulapalli | 54 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
On 17 June 1934, Benito Mussolini’s daughter, Edda, presided over a fascist parade at Edgware Stadium in north London, flanked by the radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi and the Italian ambassador Dino Grandi. She was 23. Over 1,000 Italian children dressed up in the uniforms of the fascist youth groups Opera Nazionale Balilla and Avanguardisti and marched past the platform. The aim – as outlined in 1922 – was to ‘create in effect a new Italian empire’ using the ten million Italians abroad, those ‘in London in particular’. On that day, Edda Mussolini could not have foreseen that her host, Grandi, would play an instrumental role in bringing down her father. Nor that many of the children parading before her would cry over the loss of their fathers following Italy’s declaration of war on the United Kingdom in June 1940. Thousands of Italian civilians were interned as potential ‘dangerous characters’ and 470 were drowned when their passenger ship, the Arandora Star, was sunk by a German U-2 while en route to Canada in July 1940.

Edda was in London on a diplomatic mission. Mussolini wanted to be certain of Britain’s position before launching an attack against Ethiopia which would involve sending troops through the Suez Canal. She was to let the British government know about Italy’s ambitions and report back. In Caroline Moorehead’s gripping new book, we learn how she extracted a chilly green light from the prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald. Mussolini had reasons to be thankful to the glamorous emissary he had trained with a mixture of love and brutality since she was a child. She was his favourite. Even in her old age, Edda remembered how, when she was just three or four, her father put a frog in her hands. She had to squeeze it to keep it prisoner. She was told never to cry.

Moorehead’s meticulous research describes another of Edda’s diplomatic missions, this time to Germany, charged with establishing useful contacts. While there, she became an enthusiastic Nazi. An unbridgeable contrast ensued with her anglo-francophile husband, Galeazzo Ciano, who as Foreign Minister could not stop Mussolini from siding with Adolf Hitler. Edda wanted war at all costs.

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Alfio Bernabei is the author of The Summer before Tomorrow (Castelvecchi, 2022).
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