A Time to Risk All

The incredible untold story of Mary Elmes, the Irish woman who saved hundreds of children from Nazi Concentration Camps
 
 
Gill Books (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 13. Oktober 2017
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  • 256 Seiten
 
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978-0-7171-7560-4 (ISBN)
 

Clodagh Finn has travelled throughout Europe to piece together the story of this remarkable, unknown Irish woman, meeting many of those children Mary Elmes saved. Here, in a book packed with courage, heroism, adventure and tragedy, her story is finally remembered.

The children called her 'Miss Mary', and they remember her kindness still. She gave them food and shelter and later risked her life to help them escape the convoys bound for Auschwitz.

Turning her back on a brilliant academic career, Mary Elmes ventured into a war zone to help children in the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, she fled Franco's forces but continued to work with refugees in France when the Second World War broke out. In 1942, when it became evident that Jews were being deported to their deaths, she smuggled children to safety in the boot of her car. She was arrested and imprisoned by the Gestapo, but went straight back to work after her release.

When the war was over, Mary married and settled down, never speaking about what she had done. Her story was forgotten. In A Time to Risk All her remarkable story is finally remembered as it should be.

'A compelling portrait of an unsung Irish heroine of two wars' Madeleine Keane, Literary Editor, Sunday Independent

'Brings to light the life of Mary Elmes, showing a remarkable, independent and courageous woman whose compassion knew no borders.' Yvonne Altman O'Connor, Culture and Education Director, Irish Jewish Museum

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Clodagh Finn is a journalist who has worked for the Irish Examiner, the Sunday Independent and the Irish Independent, and as a freelance writer and editor in Paris. She has a particular interest in history and archaeology. She lives in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, with her husband and dog. This is her first book.

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Map of Spain and France
  • Introduction: An extraordinary coincidence
  • 1. War casts a long shadow
  • 2. Around the mulberry tree
  • 3. An exceptional scholar
  • 4. Into the world of nightmare
  • 5. An abyss of misery
  • 6. The children of war
  • 7. Foxholes in the sand
  • 8. Unquenchable spirit
  • 9. Into action
  • 10. Exposure
  • 11. Everybody knows your name
  • 12. Mary's list
  • 13. Rescue
  • 14. Those she saved
  • 15. Behind Gestapo bars
  • 16. Miss Mary and the clown
  • 17. Don't look back
  • 18. How the story came to light
  • Epilogue: A message delivered 75 years later
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Copyright
  • About the Author
  • Praise for A Time to Risk All
  • About Gill Books

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