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The True Story of A Band of Female Resistance Fighters in WWII

In Gwen Strauss' new audiobookThe Nine, she explores the unforgettable legacy of a real band of female resistance fighters who saved lives during World War II. Listen to a special excerpt of the audiobook below. 

By
Giles Milton
2-minute read
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The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany by Gwen Strauss is a heart-pounding story about the incredible female resistance fighters of World War II. Get your copy today here or wherever books or audiobooks are sold.

While we put the finishing touches on the next season of Unknown History, today we're sharing another bonus clip from our friends at Macmillan Audio. This excerpt comes from Gwen Strauss' The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany.

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The Nine follows the true story of the author’s great-aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII from Germany back to Paris. 

The women smuggled arms through Europe, harbored parachuting agents, coordinated communications between regional sectors, trekked escape routes to Spain and hid Jewish children in scattered apartments. They were arrested by French police and and tortured by the Gestapo. They were imprisoned, deported, and forced into hiding. At last, during the final days of the war, forced onto a death march, the nine chose their moment and made a daring escape.

This heart-stopping story is a moving tribute to the power of humanity and friendship in the darkest of times.

Click the red audio player above to listen to the excerpt. If you enjoy it and want to hear more, you can get your copy today here or wherever books or audiobooks are sold.

About the Author

Giles Milton

Giles Milton is a writer and historian who graduated from the University of Bristol. He is an internationally bestselling author of nine works of narrative non-fiction and three novels. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and serialized by the BBC.