Long Road to Freedom: The Story of Her Life under German Occupation - Ginette SpanierRobert Hale, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a short closed tear to the head of the upper panel.
Reprint. [First: Same Year] From the cover: “In his foreword to Ginette Spanier’s first book, It Isn’t All Mink, Noel Coward wrote about the manuscript of Long Road to Freedom, which he had just read… it dealt exclusively with the war years, and the general experiences of Ginette and her husband Paul-Emile Seidmann, both of them Jewish, amid the mounting horrors and perils of German occupation. This intimate, virtually day-to-day account of their hunted and haunted lives during that ghastly time was, to me when I first read it, infinitely moving. Simply and lucidly written, it conveyed, what so many excellent books about the occupation failed to convey, the small, almost monotonous details of ‘life on the run’. There was little actual melodrama in it. Admittedly these two gentle, intelligent people missed capture several times by a hair’s breadth, but the emphasis on this was light. What was important were the daily chores, the washing of clothes, the scavenging for food, the furtive listening to the B.B.C. broadcasts on the radio with the bath-water running to drown the sound and, above all, the abiding terror, not only of being arrested themselves but of implicating those who had hidden and helped them. The end of the story was when they bicycled in heavy rain across the American lines and realised beyond all doubt that their desperate Odyssey was over and that they were free again.”