The Surgeon and the Shepherd: Two Resistance Heroes in Vichy France

The Surgeon and the Shepherd: Two Resistance Heroes in Vichy France

The Surgeon and the Shepherd: Two Resistance Heroes in Vichy France

The Surgeon and the Shepherd: Two Resistance Heroes in Vichy France

Synopsis

An incredible, true tale of wartime heroism 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 plain view of the Nazis, is recounted in full for the first time in The Surgeon and the Shepherd, an incredible, true tale of wartime heroism. 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 saga 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.
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