I currently completed the writing of a book called “The Rescued”. It tells the story of the largest evacuation of Jews from a train station. They were gathered on September 11, 1942 in Lille – Fives train station and were waiting to be transferred to Auschwitz via Malines (Belgium).
Members of the SNCF – the French National Railway company – decided to hide and evacuate dozens of Jews, mainly children.
According to Serge Klarsfeld, a hidden child during WW2 in France, lawyer and nazi hunter, it was the largest evacuation from a French train station.
The USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum) in Washington D.C. mentioned it was the largest evacuation of Europe from 1942 to 1944.
To this day, I identified 40 people who were rescued by the SNCF members.
The work is ongoing as nearly 70 people are supposed to have been rescued that day.