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Escape through the Pyrenees

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Upon fleeing Germany during 1933, Lisa Fittko and her husband arrived in France. They only just escaped as the Nazis took France. They made it to the Pyrenees where, as this personal account shows, they helped many others to safety in Spain.

"Lisa Fittko had no room for self-pity. Their campaigns against terror were pure struggles; [her] accounts, even allowing for the retouching of memory, are pure too." --Smithsonian"The author takes delight in describing the people she met--the 70-year-old female hobo, for example . . . who read Baudelaire and sang the "Marseillaise" at the top of her voice. . . . It is in portraits like this that Escape Through the Pyrenees, well translated by David Koblick, transcends the documentary forumla and captures the poetry of human character." --New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 17 pages
  • Fittko.(Author)
  • Northwestern University Press (1 May 1991)
  • English
  • 6
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy
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  • By irene chalk on 2 January 2014

    this book tells the stories of some of the 6-8million refugees from Nazi occupied Europe; the difficulties of red tape in order to get out of Marseille during the early days of WW2 in divided France.the courage and fortitude of these people is a real inspiration; with little or no money, on the barest of food and drink,the strength of character forming the bonds of friendship and aid, those who could trust and hold on to their beliefs-these are they who can survive. Fittko chronicles also those who did not. And Those who end upin all parts of the worldConducting escapees across the Pyranees, using pathways of shepherds, known only to local people who helpeddraw routes into Spain. Many famous artists, writers and political people took these routes guided by Lisa Fittko, herhusband and others.this book could have been a really depressing read but instead, like any good adventure story, encourages bravery, loyalty underlying our need foreachothers support, amazing kindness is shown. Love really in all its forms.

  • By Brian Harris on 17 November 2015

    A fascinating book for me because I know the area where the escapes took place and have myself walked over the mountain between France and Spain, though by a shorter route from Cerbère. That was in 1947. Anybody who holidays there should try it. For background to the wavering Spanish reception of the refugees, see Payne's "Franco and Hitler".

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