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So Close to Freedom


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Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • Foreword by Roger Stanton
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Author's Note
  • List of Abbreviations
  • 1. A Perilous Hide-and-Seek
  • 2. For King and Country
  • 3. The Route Past Luchon
  • 4. On the Run
  • 5. Too Many
  • 6. April Attempt
  • 7. Hero or Villain?
  • 8. Aftermath of a Betrayal
  • 9. Maddy De Deken
  • 10. The Woodcutter
  • 11. Escapes and Hardships
  • 12. The Road Blockade
  • 13. Separate Fates
  • Appendix 1: Allied Evaders, Escapers, Resistance Fighters, and Engelandvaarders Who Attempted to Cross the Pyrenees into Spain, April 19-22, 1944
  • Appendix 2: The Escape Line Organizations
  • Appendix 3: Known Prisoners Who Escaped from the Train Bound for Neuengamme, June 5, 1944
  • Appendix 4: The Arrest and Deportation of Jacqueline Houry
  • Appendix 5: Evaders Helped by ""Francoise"" Organization in 1944 in Toulouse and Surrounding Area
  • Timeline of Key Events, 1944
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Jean-Luc E. Cartron is an adjunct research assistant professor of biology at the University of New Mexico. He is the editor or coauthor of several books, including a biography of his grandfather, a prominent member of the Resistance in western France during World War II.


Hundreds of Allied evaders achieved freedom, thanks to the selfless dedication, courage, and sacrifice - often at mortal cost - of those who put together, and managed, all that was needed. This is the basis for Jean-Luc Cartron's impeccably researched book. It deserves to take its place among the finest historical accounts of that tragic time."" - Evelyn Le Chene, author of Silent Heroes: The Bravery and Devotion of Animals in War

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