By Jacques Lusseyran
An up to date variation of this vintage international battle II memoir, selected as one of many a hundred top non secular Books of the 20 th Century, with a brand new photograph insert and restored passages from the unique French edition
When Jacques Lusseyran was once an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was once blinded in an coincidence. He complete his education decided to take part on this planet round him. In 1941, while he used to be seventeen, that international used to be Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran shaped a resistance team with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the easiest. ultimately, Lusseyran was once arrested and despatched to the Buchenwald focus camp in a shipping of 2 thousand resistance combatants. He was once certainly one of in simple terms thirty from the shipping to outlive. His gripping tale is without doubt one of the strongest and insightful descriptions of residing and thriving with blindness, or certainly any problem, ever published.
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