The List

France, December 1941. The Occupied Zone is under the German yoke, but resistance is intensifying and a high-ranking German officer is shot dead in Western France. Fifty hostages are shot in retaliation, and 50 more will be executed if the killers are not handed over.

Jewish communist Joseph Mazelier is on the list. His wife begs Countess Ida, a former opera singer, to risk her own life to help Mazelier escape. Will Ida agree?

**Attention: This short story was previously published in the anthology Pearl Harbor and More: Stories of December 1941. If you own that anthology, do not buy this book.

Praise for The List

“I thought it was brilliant.” Ellie Keaton, author of the Women and War series.

“A wonderful story…Tense and evocative, it brought to mind the work of my personal historical hero, Nicholas Winton. Wonderful.”  Screenwiper book blogger

“My particular favourite was The List by Vanessa Couchman, which has great potential to be expanded into an intriguing novel.” Bookmuse

“The main character is beautifully evoked, the setting realistic, and the tension high.” Amazon customer

“A brilliant read from an excellent author.” Amazon customer

“Good plot and also well written. Easy to read and would be interested in reading more of her writings.” Amazon customer