Over the Highest Mountains

A Memoir of Unexpected Heroism in France during World War II

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A courageous Norwegian nurse’s compelling account of helping to rescuing Jews from the Nazis In wartime France

Praise for the Book

Heroism took many forms during the Holocaust. The ordinary decency of a few people – exhibited in the most difficult circumstances – was a flickering flame of light in a world of all-consuming darkness. This moving, almost exuberant memoir of one young Norwegian woman who worked with the Quakers from 1939 to 1945, gives us an outsider’s glimpse into the transit camps and the deportation trains that was the world of the Jews in France during the Shoah. She guides us – almost glides us – through the religious integrity and human solidarity that led her to side with victims, and not with their oppressors. One is grateful for such a memoir, more grateful still for such a person, for such a life.

– Michael Berenbaum, Director, Sigi Ziering Institute, Theology Professor, The University of Judaism, Los Angeles; former Project Director, US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Of my six siblings, three of us owe our lives to the Quakers. They helped me get to England on the Kindertransport, and Alice Resch brought my brother from Camp de Gurs to Aspet. I am grateful that other will now learn her story.

–Ruth David, author Child of Our Time

This account of humanitarian commitment in occupied France conveys spontaneous humanity and simple, unadulterated goodness. Once I began reading it, I could not put it down.

–Hans A. Schmitt, Professor Emeritus of history, University of Virginia, author Quakers and Nazis; Inner Light in Outer Darkness

…powerfully and elegantly enriches our historical understanding of WWII and the Holocaust as those events unfolded in France, and shows how ordinary people can challenge us to make our world more caring…

–John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and Director, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College

Amidst the violence of deportations and the Nazi death camps, while most of the world stood by indifferently, Alice Resch Synnestvedt’s memoir shows us that some people could, and did, take actions and save lives. Would that more people – both then and now – were able to act with such creativity and compassion!

–David S. Wyman, author The Abondonment of the Jews; American and the Holocaust 1941-1945

Over the Highest Mountains is published by Intentional Productions
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