Thank you, authors
During the last couple of weeks, I’ve been double-checking sources cited in the manuscript. It can be a tedious process, but it is ever-important to make sure facts are right. The tower of books on my dining room table has grown and grown as I’ve retrieved books from bookshelves in the bedroom, the living room, the office, etc. Several of these books — The Unfree French, Choices in Vichy France, Mercedes in Peace and War, Daimler-Benz in the Third Reich — have been incredible sources of information (check out the scraps of paper jammed in the spines!) Other books (Paper Love, Three Minutes in Poland) told stories of similar searches for answers. I know there are more books around the house; I must not have searched every bookcase.
I’ve had the honor of thanking several of these authors first-hand. Others (Némirovsky, Berr) perished in the war and gratitude can only be offered to their memory. To those authors who I have not yet met (and may not ever meet), I say this: thank you for your work.