My enemies can kill me. But they cannot harm me ~ Socrates
“Where the children are, the mothers should be , so they can watch over them”
“I regret Nothing”
I heard about Suzanne’s Children on Steve Donoghue’s channel on book tube. I highly recommend his YouTube channel, he has all sorts of good recommendations on their for nonfiction and fiction.
I quickly added this to my TBR because I found the summary interesting, Plus anything involving WWII, Holocaust, and Third Reich attracts me like a magnet. I just find this period of history very fascinating and want to learn more on it. You’ll probably see more books like this pop up here for review.
Suzanne’s Children centers around Suzanne Spaak, who was born into a wealthy Belgian family. She married Claude Spaak despite her family disapproval.
Both Suzanne and Claude ended up having two children. Their marriage eventually grew sour and they started to lead separate lives from each other. Claude busy with his career, and was living openly with his mistress, who happened to be Suzanne’s best friend Ruth.
Suzanne who was angered with the Nazi occupation in France joined the resistance. At first she did menial jobs, but then she joined the Red Orchestra, and started rescuing children and hiding them from the Nazis.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it was pretty easy read. Though, I was having a rough time pronouncing and reading some of the French that was littered throughout the story (French is not my first language). There was some parts where she would put translations in parenthesis , which I was very grateful for.
I also enjoyed how this book highlighted unsung heroes as well. Even though this book was about Suzanne Spaak, who herself was an unsung heroe , Anne Nelson highlighted other people who were in the resistance and the Red Orchestra. She highlights the people who took Jewish children at the risk of themselves and their families.
The criticism I have read on this book is that people felt that the title was misleading. which I can understand because its not until almost the end of the book she starts talking about how Suzanne Spaak started rescuing Jewish children. I was kind of thinking this as well, but once I read the book in its entirety I changed my mind.
Anne Nelson just doesn’t give you one piece of the puzzle, she gives you the entire picture. I love how detailed that this book was. I think that in order to understand how Suzanne was able to go far as she did in rescuing Jewish children you would have to look in her past and the current situation that she is living in. All of which Anne Nelson covers in this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Nazi occupation in France. I think that this a great starter book. This book has made me want to read more on that subject as a whole.
I would love to hear any recommendations that you might have. So if you have any suggestions please comment below. Thanks.