A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day: "The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany" by Gwen Strauss.
Nine fearless women, who had all been a part of the French Resistance, were being forced on a death march in the closing days of WWII when they decided to take their lives in their hands and make a daring escape.
The women had met after being arrested by French police, tortured by the Gestapo, and during their imprisonment at the infamous Ravensbrück concentration camp and a forced labor camp near Leipzig.
Although they were all younger than 30, they had spent years hiding Jewish children, smuggling weapons, harboring Allied spies, and helping people escape to Spain -- and this now close-knit group of friends put the same skills to work as they chose their moment and made a heart-stopping escape.
Based on the true story of the author’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led the ten-day trek across the front lines of WWII from Germany to Paris, “The Nine” draws on detailed research to tell a thrilling and suspenseful tale of courageous resistance, the will to survive, and female friendship in the darkest times and places. Highly recommended adult readers.
"The Nine" is available at https://www.amightygirl.com/the-nine
For another excellent book about Jewish women who became resistance fighters in WWII, we recommend “The Light of Days" at https://www.amightygirl.com/the-light-of-days -- which is also available in a Young Readers Edition for ages 10 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/light-days-young-readers
For an excellent book about 32 female heroes of WWII, we also recommend "Women Heroes of World War II: Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue," recommended for teens and adults, 12 and up, at https://www.amightygirl.com/women-heroes-of-world-war-ii
For adults who love to read about heroic women of WWII, you can find more of the best fiction and non-fiction books in our blog post, "Telling Her Story: 40 Books for Adult Readers About Women Heroes of WWII," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=24501
For many books for children and teens about the experience of girls and women in the Holocaust, visit our blog post "60 Mighty Girl Books About The Holocaust" at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11586
Thank you Mighty Girl for sharing this opportunity.