Where Courage Lives
Where Courage Lives
By Muguette Szapjzer-Myers
In 1942, in the village of Champlost, France, ten-year-old Muguette Szpajzer finds solace from the war. As her mother risks living in a Paris swarming with Nazis, the mayor of Champlost rips up letters of denunciation and the priest gives Muguette a new Catholic name, Marie. Sheltered by the kindness of the townspeople, Muguette delights in her new surroundings, filling her days by learning to ride a bike, recite catechism and adapt to rural life.
Written in vignettes with child-like charm and innocence, Where Courage Lives provides rich insight into life in a small village against the backdrop of the war, paying tribute to both Muguette’s indomitable mother and the courage of the people of Champlost.
About the Author
Muguette Szpajzer-Myers was born in 1931 in Paris, France. In 1947, Muguette, her older brother and their mother immigrated to Montreal, where Muguette eventually started a family and worked as a translator. Muguette Myers returned to Champlost in 2005 for a ceremony to honour four members of the community as Righteous Among the Nations for hiding her and her family during the war.
- Release: December 14, 2015
- $14.95 Paperback
- 168 Pages
- 6 x 9
- ISBN: 9781897470572
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