The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.
Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.
The Nazis track down Aubrion’s team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis’ bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.
The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.
Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor’s dazzling debut novel illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.
The Nazis have occupied Belgium. They threaten the workers of the newspaper Le Soir. The Nazis will kill all of the workers if they do not put out their propaganda. Well, of course the workers put out the Nazi paper but they also print another edition. This edition makes fun of the Germans and tells the true story. It is amazing the lengths the Nazi’s went to put out their propaganda. This tale incorporates just one little section of this part of the war. The remarkable workers of this paper were having none of it.
This is a very good story. I just felt it was too long and needed to be cut by about 100 pages. It dragged in spots and then there were spots I could not put it down. There are a good many characters and sometimes it is hard to keep up with who they all are. But it is a very informative and unique tale. It had me researching. That is always a plus in my book!
I met this kind lady at Book Expo this year!