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By Laurent Seksik

ISBN-10: 1908968915

ISBN-13: 9781908968913

"He seemed lengthy and deep into her eyes. "I'll pass first," he acknowledged. "You'll stick to me... if that's what you want."

On the twenty second February 1942 Stefan Zweig, the most well known authors of his iteration, dedicated suicide along with his spouse Lotte. the ultimate, determined gesture of this nice author has interested ever since.

Zweig used to be an exile, pushed from his domestic in Austria by way of the Nazis. Fleeing first to London, then manhattan, making an attempt continually to flee either those that demonised him and people who acclaimed him, he finally took his younger bride to Brazil, the place they have been haunted through the existence they'd been pressured to desert and via bills of the violence in Europe.

Blending fact and fiction this novel tells the tale of the nice writer's ultimate months. Laurent Seksik uncovers the man's hidden passions, his deepest affliction, and the way he and his spouse got here to finish their lives one peaceable February afternoon.

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When Kampfgruppe Zabel entered the town on 22 July it showed no pity and executed them. Meanwhile, a smaller Kampfgruppe consisting mainly of Reserve Grenadier Bataillon 217 and a few minor detachments had come from the east over the Col de Grimone after some sporadic fighting and linked with Kampfgruppe Zabel east of Die. The encirclement of the Vercors plateau was now complete. Kampfgruppe Zabel had thus fulfilled its mission and reached its objectives faster than originally expected. This offered the Germans a tempting option: to launch an attack onto the plateau from the south.

Again the FFI was able to reach the first houses in the south-eastern corner of Vassieux, but the commander of ‘Justine’, Captain Hopper, decided to withdraw – prematurely as some critics would later claim with the benefit of hindsight. The main problem, however, was the direction of the attack; the French had stormed over the largely open ground to the south of the village. In addition, they had expected reinforcements from the north; but these forces had never shown up for reasons unknown. A few hours later Geyer reported the failed attack to Descour and Huet; he also had to convey the sad news that the Descour’s son Jacques had fallen in the battle.

Carried out in strict cooperation with the Allied landings in southern France it would indeed have created great opportunities. In reality, however, it lacked the manpower, the armament, the training and above all the necessary support from the Allies to succeed. Yet the commanding officers on the plateau, especially Huet, stuck to a plan whose basic requirements just did not exist and tried to fight a pitched battle. The French plan for the Tarentaise contained the same recipe for disaster as that in the Vercors; after liberating a particular area, the FFI hoped to hold the ground or at least to delay considerably any enemy advance until Allied reinforcements arrived.

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