A Fifty-Year Silence

Author: Miranda Richmond Mouillot

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0804140650

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, Miranda's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive--making a home in the village and falling in love. With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations.

The Kites

Author: Romain Gary

Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation

ISBN: 9780811229203

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 5703

Romain Gary's bittersweet final masterpiece is "epic and empathetic" (BBC) and "one of his best" (The New York Times)

The Spectator

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Spectator

Page: 300

View: 6736

The Conspiracy of the Righteous

Author: David Klugman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Anti-Nazi movement

Page: 176

View: 6183

Recounts how the citizens of Prélenfrey-du-Guâ, France and surrounding areas saved close to 60 Jews from 1942 to 1945, specifically by the Guidi family, proprietors of the Les Tilleuls preventorium for tuberculosis patients. Also contains several articles relating to the Jews saved at Prélenfrey-du-Guâ, and recent photographs of the Les Tilleuls preventorium.