By Georges Simenon
Nineteen-year-old Frank Friedmaier lives in a rustic lower than career. most folks fight to get through; Frank takes it effortless in his mother's whorehouse, which caters to participants of the occupying forces. yet Frank is stressed. he's a pimp, a thug, a petty thief, and, as soiled Snow opens, he has simply killed his first guy. during the unrelenting darkness and chilly of an never-ending wintry weather, Frank will pursue abjection till finally there's nowhere to go.
Hans Koning has defined soiled Snow as "one of the only a few novels to come back out of German-occupied France that will get it precisely right." In a research of the legal brain that's such as Jim Thompson's The Killer within Me, Simenon maps a no man's land of the spirit within which human nature is pushed to destruction--and redemption, possibly, as well--by forces past its keep an eye on.
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Had the prisoners but known this, and attempted a mass breakout, it is highly doubtful if the guards would have been able to stop them. On 15 February 1943 Giles Romilly was joined by another prisoner who the Germans believed shared a similar background – Lieutenant Michael Alexander. In August the previous year, whilst on detached service, Alexander had been captured in North Africa following a raid behind enemy lines. Dressed in a German uniform, he was almost certain to face the firing squad and in desperation exaggerated a distant family relationship to Field Marshal Harold Alexander, the newly appointed Commander-in-Chief Middle East Command.
Partially dressing, they quickly made their way down to the park where they finished reassembling their disguises as foreign labourers and climbed over the wall. The following day a passer-by spotted a pile of camp-issue blankets under some bushes and the alarm was raised, but the four were well on their way to freedom. Reid and Wardle crossed the Swiss border on the night of Sunday 18 October whilst Littledale and Stephens crossed over the following evening. 50 The flue through which Reid, Wardle, Littledale and Stephens had to climb naked in order to make their escape into the dry moat from the Kommandantur and then into the park, where they split up and each group made its bid for freedom.
As summer drew to a close, the camp authorities began to flirt with the idea of securing a propaganda coup by enlisting prisoners as voluntary workers. Unfortunately for the Germans however, the scheme failed drastically, possibly in part owing to the fact that the term which they used to signify this co-operation – ‘Mitarbeit’ – was translated as ‘collaboration’, with negative connotations in any language. The contempt with which the French, in particular, treated these overtures is best exemplified by an officer who one day, to the dismay of many of his fellow prisoners, loudly proclaimed that he would gladly work for a hundred Germans rather than a single Frenchman.