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The heroic story of Suzanne Spaak, who risked everything and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi-occupied Paris to Auschwitz, is one of many little-known stories of the Holocaust. This week’s episode of Just the Right Book welcomes author Anne Nelson who tells Spaak’s story in her latest book, Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris.
Anne Nelson, who is a Yale University alumnus, consults with many of the leading US foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Carnegie Foundation on international media conflict and human rights. Nelson was a war correspondent in Latin America, and reported from Eastern Europe and Asia for the New York Times, LA Times, BBC, NPR, and PBS.
Nelson has now set her considerable and wide-ranging skills on a story of extraordinary courage in the face of evil. She has resurrected from obscurity the life of Suzanne Spaak, a wealthy Brussels-born woman who used her prominent status in Nazi-occupied Paris to rescue, shelter, and support Jewish children who were orphaned or left behind after their parents were deported to the concentration camps of Europe. Podcast host Roxanne Coady says, “In Miss Nelson’s hand this story of courage is a page-turner filled with fascinating detailed research on the state of terror that existed in Nazi-occupied Paris, the espionage, and the extraordinary bravery of some and the astounding complicity with evil of many.”
This episode also has some fantastic book recommendations from co-founder and president of The Book Report Network, Carol Fitzgerald.