A Packhorse Called Rachel

A Packhorse Called Rachel


A story of courage, fear and defiance based on the authors own personal experience. A Pack Horse Called Rachel is the remarkable tale of a young woman, half Jewish, caught in the extraordinarily brutal world of France in 1944. Rachel moves through the pages of the book with her faithful dog Nourse, touching lives as her work with the Maquis based in the Auvergne takes her perilously close to danger on a day to day basis.

The story is based on personal experience, the description of historical events is as true as memory will allow, it is an elegantly written story capturing first hand Kellermann’s painful and lonely life as a resistance fighter within the ‘Maquis’, amidst the harsh beauty of the Auvergne. Beset by the freezing cold climate prevailing in winter, the Vichy traitors amongst the normal French Population and the hostility of ordinary people afraid for their own lives.

Rachel overcomes the initial animosity and mistrust of the lecherous and alcoholic farmer Raboullet on whom she comes to rely; the wrath of the Gestapo, the betrayal of St Pré, a full and passionate love affair, tragic loss and yet she survives.

Marcel Kellermann notes, with descriptive talent, and intricate detail that only someone especially observant could recall. From the opening raid to the closing trial, the book gives an incisive view, as we understand the mind and soul of the resistance better with each page. This is the story of a young woman paralleled with the struggle of a nation as it regains its courage to fight back.

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  • 001 Chapter 01
    Duration: 26min
  • 002 Chapter 02
    Duration: 13min
  • 003 Chapter 03
    Duration: 14min
  • 004 Chapter 04
    Duration: 11min
  • 005 Chapter 05
    Duration: 31min
  • 006 Chapter 06
    Duration: 36min
  • 007 Chapter 07
    Duration: 16min
  • 008 Chapter 08
    Duration: 09min
  • 009 Chapter 09
    Duration: 25min
  • 010 Chapter 10
    Duration: 11min
  • 011 Chapter 11
    Duration: 09min
  • 012 Chapter 12
    Duration: 20min
  • 013 Chapter 13
    Duration: 17min
  • 014 Chapter 14
    Duration: 05min
  • 015 Chapter 15
    Duration: 12min
  • 016 Chapter 16
    Duration: 03min
  • 017 Chapter 17
    Duration: 11min
  • 018 Chapter 18
    Duration: 16min
  • 019 Chapter 19
    Duration: 02min
  • 020 Chapter 20
    Duration: 10min
  • 021 Chapter 21
    Duration: 11min
  • 022 Chapter 22
    Duration: 06min