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VIRTUAL EVENT: Sandell Morse discusses her book THE SPIRAL SHELL with Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

Co-hosted by Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Mechanics’ Hall via Zoom!

What began as a literary research project became an unexpected rediscovery of identity and faith. In this haunting memoir, Sandell Morse uncovers long silenced stories of bravery and resistance among the civilians of a small town in France during WWII, and in finds deeper meaning and understanding of her own Jewish heritage. In this year that marks the 80th anniversary of the fall of France to Nazi Germany, and the formation of the Vichy government, whose ultimate goal was to deport all French Jews to extermination camps, this memoir harkens back to this harrowing time as she gradually unearths long buried secrets of Jewish resistance against the Nazi occupiers, and learns of numerous accounts of bravery and selfless acts of those who chose to fight against bigotry, oppression, and genocide.

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Friday, May 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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The Spiral Shell: A French Village Reveals Its Secrets of Jewish Resistance in World War II Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943156924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schaffner Press, Inc. - April 14th, 2020