16 2023

Beckerman Cultural Arts Author Program: Gwen Strauss "The Nine"


Gwen Strauss
"The Nine"

Sunday, April 16, 2023 | 10:30 AM

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The Nine fol­lows the true sto­ry 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 nine women were all under 30 when they joined the resis­tance. They smug­gled arms, har­bored para­chut­ing spies, coor­di­nat­ed com­mu­ni­ca­tions between region­al sec­tors, trekked escape routes to Spain and hid Jew­ish chil­dren in scat­tered apart­ments. They were arrest­ed by French police, inter­ro­gat­ed and tor­tured by the Gestapo. After time in a series of French pris­ons they were deport­ed to Ger­many. By the time they were enslaved at the labor camp in Leipzig, they were a close-knit group of friends. Dur­ing the final days of the war, forced onto a death march, the nine chose their moment and made a dar­ing escape.

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