They Shall Not Have Me

The Capture, Forced Labor, and Escape of a French Prisoner in World War II
Narrated by: Robin Sachs
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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A moving and engrossing symbol of resilience and integrity, Hélion’s daring story of imprisonment and escape under the Nazi regime is now available in this stunning audiobook.

The French painter Jean Hélion’s unique and deeply moving account of his experiences in Nazi prisoner-of-war camps prefigures the even darker stories that would emerge from the concentration camps. This serious adventure tale begins with Hélion’s infantry platoon fleeing from the German army and warplanes as they advanced through France in the early days of the war. The soldiers chant as they march and run, “They shall not have me!” but are quickly captured and sent to hard labor.

Writing in English in 1943, after his risky escape to freedom in the United States, Hélion vividly depicts the sights, sounds, and smells of the camps, and shrewdly sizes up both captors and captured.

In the deep humanity, humor, and unsentimental intelligence of his observations, we can recognize the artist whose long career included friendships with the likes of Mondrian, Giacometti, and Balthus, and an important role in shaping modern art movements. Hélion’s picture of almost two years without his art is a self-portrait of the artist as a man.

©2012 The special contents of this edition by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Introduction 2012 by Deborah Rosenthal. Afterword 2012 by Jacqueline Helion, 1943 by Jean Helion (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Fabulous!

This was a tremendous story! The narrator was spectacular! You will
love it. Most books regarding prison camps controlled by Nazi Germany deal with the Despicable treatment of Jews. It was interesting to learn how French POW's were treated. Who doesn't love a successful prison break story?.

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  • BillyBlackBear
  • 07-05-14

Enlightening

I've read a number of war stories both fictional, biographical and documentary style but this was the first book in which I had learnt of the plight of French Soldiers. The story is a little slow but does offer a fascinating glimpse into a whole new dimension to the war.