Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris



A story of courage in the face of evil. The tense drama of Suzanne Spaak who risked and gave her life to save hundreds of Jewish children from deportation from Nazi Paris to Auschwitz. This is one of the untold stories of the Holocaust.

Published in USA by Simon & Schuster. Published as ‘Codename Suzette’ in the UK and Australia by Allan & Unwin, and in France by Robert Laffont, and the Netherlands by Polis Books.

“’Suzanne’s Children’ vividly dramatizes the stakes of acting morally in a time of brutality.”

Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2017

“Nelson illuminates the brave and tragically short life of Suzanne Spaak, nee Lorge, whose dangerous work hiding and finding shelter for Jewish orphans during the war in Paris brought imprisonment and death in 1944. . . . Nelson does a valiant job of bringing together the complex threads of this story. A page-turning account of the courageous actions of a woman recognized in 1985 by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.  ”

Kirkus Reviews

“Nelson is superb at showing the upheavals in Europe since WWI through vivid, illuminating details . . . Nelson also masterfully describes the incremental changes in the Jews’ plight under the Occupation . . .  an important history about a heroine of the Holocaust. ”



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