Caroline Moorehead

Fire In the Blood

The life of Irène Némirovsky: 1903–1942


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The sixth transport of French Jews bound for the Nazi death camps of occupied Poland left France on 17 July 1942. On board were craftsmen, jewellers, cabinet-makers, tanners and 200 people from Dijon. Among them was a 39-year-old novelist, Irène Némirovsky, born in Kiev and driven into exile in France by the Russian Revolution. Within six weeks she was dead of the typhus epidemic that swept through Auschwitz that summer.

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