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Author Ostrum, Meg.

Title The surgeon and the shepherd : two resistance heroes in Vichy France / Meg Ostrum
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 208 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Part 1. The Valley of Legends -- Part 2. Man of Vision -- Part 3. Theater of Resistance -- Part 4. Aftermath -- Part 5. Heroes' Legacy -- Appendix A. Guide to Names and Affiliations -- Appendix B. List of Informants
Summary "Of the thousands of people who escaped through the Pyrenees during World War II, at least one hundred owe their lives to a daring scheme that Belgian Charles Schepens masterminded in Mendive, a remote Basque village near the French-Spanish border. The story of this near-miraculous resistance effort, an epic undertaking carried out in full view of the Nazis, is recounted in full for the first time in The Surgeon and the Shepherd, a tale of wartime heroism as incredible as it is true."
"In 1942, in coordination with the Belgian resistance, Schepens stage-managed a highly secret information and evacuation service through the counterfeit operation of a backcountry lumbering enterprise. This book traces Schepen's gradual transformation from an apolitical young ophthalmologist into double agent "Jacques Perot," and his emergence in the postwar period as a modern folk hero to the residents of Mendive. Woven into the account are the stories of a remarkable international cast of characters, most notably the Basque shepherd Jean Sarochar, regarded as a local misfit, with whom Schepens formed his most unlikely partnership and an enduring friendship."
"Part biography, part spy tale, part cultural study, The Surgeon and the Shepherd is based on more than ten years of oral history research. The sage of a Belgian "first resister" who, by posing as a collaborator, successfully duped both the Germans and the local French Basque population, it offers a powerful and illuminating picture of moral and physical courage."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-197) and index
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Subject Schepens, Charles L.
Sarochar, Jean, 1892-1975.
SUBJECT Sarochar, Jean, 1892-1975
Schepens, Charles L
Schepens, Charles L
Sarochar, Jean, 1892-1975
Sarochar, Jean, 1892-1975 fast
Schepens, Charles L. fast
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France -- Biography
Surgeons -- France -- Biography
Shepherds -- France -- Biography
History, 20th Century
World War II
General Surgery
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
War -- Underground movements
surgery (health care function)
Geschichte 1940-1944.
Subject France
Genre/Form Biographies
Authors' inscriptions (Provenance)
Authors' autographs (Provenance)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003012629
ISBN 0803203918