And There Was Light: The Extraordinary Memoir of a Blind Hero of the French Resistance in World War II

Author(s): Jacques Lusseyran

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An updated edition of this classic World War II memoir, chosen as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century, with a new photo insert and restored passages from the original French edition When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.


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Jacques Lusseyran (1924-1971) became a professor in the United States at Case Western Reserve University after World War II. He died in a car accident in France.

General Fields

  • : 9781608682690
  • : New World Library
  • : New World Library
  • : March 2014
  • : 201mm X 132mm X 20mm
  • : Canada
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jacques Lusseyran
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : English
  • : 940.5344
  • : 282
  • : black & white illustrations