The Innocents Within

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Ballantine Books, 2001 - Fiction - 474 pages
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In the thick of World War II, in a tiny town in the middle of France, Jewish refugees have found an enclave of conscience amidst a sea of hate. Led by the charismatic Pastor Favert, the townsfolk of Le Lignon risk their own lives to hide a constant stream of the persecuted. But when a badly wounded American pilot crashes nearby, their safety is compromised.
The region's Reich commander is desperate to load the waiting deportation trains with Jews. Le Lignon, he knows, might be concealing enough refugees to fulfill his entire quota and secure his position within the SS. As the commander plots to seize his quarry, Vichy police descend on the village and demand the hidden pilot. Stretched to their limits, the people of Le Lignon must fortify themselves against the converging Nazi onslaught--or die trying.

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User Review  - brillow51 - LibraryThing

In this story you have a French hamlet (little town) harboring Jews during WW II. The details of exactly how this was accomplished by very brave people and the sacrifices they endured makes this book ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Combining earlier interests (France and subterfuge), veteran Daley (Nowhere to Run, 1996, etc.) offers an ably written account of Jewish refugee intrigue during WWII. Downed near the village of Le ... Read full review


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About the author (2001)

New York Times bestselling author Robert Daley has written more than twenty books, including such highly acclaimed works as Prince of the City, Year of the Dragon, Portraits of France, and, most recently, Nowhere to Run. He served in the Air Force after college and knew firsthand certain of the planes that figure in this story. Later he worked six years as a New York Times correspondent based in France before resigning from the paper to concentrate on writing novels. He and his French-born wife keep homes in Conn-ecticut and Nice.

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