LEAVING MISSISSIPPI PREFACE
The purpose of this story is twofold. First, to document the ugly scar of racism that pervaded the South by following the journey of a man into his past in search of redemption. Second, to pay homage to the folk song. These two subjects form a likely collaboration as ...
The prey and the temporarily secure ones:
Mrs. Kessel, a hunted Jewish woman forces her way into the Mr. Lermann's apartment, a local Jewish community leader, begging him to help her rescue her husband.
Somewhere in Vichy come together Mrs. and Mr. Krause, illegal, persecuted Jewish refugees, ordinary honest French citizens, a collaborating secret agent who looks like a Hassidic rebbi and a French half-paralyzed collaborting gendarme.
Across the South-Eastern French Pyrenees, 2 groups of Jewish illegal refugees attempt and fail to smuggle the border into Spain. Dispute bewteen Nazi sympathizer and French patriotic guides, intertwined with desperate interchange between Reb Dov Berish and his wife Malke.
Surprise encounter between 2 Jewish hostages taken in revenge for Resistance sabotage act and their Nazi captor, World War 1 veteran who owes his life to their father, a Jewish baker from Galicia, then Poland, now Ukrainian provice.
Drancy,France, concentration camp.
"The Drancy ...