March 1943. Crouched in a hidden room, several people are holding their breath as they wait for the sound of the steel-tipped boots of the German soldiers to move off into the distance. At the international station of Canfranc, in the Pyrenees, the swastika flies over the railway. In the darkness, Laurent Juste, the head of customs, Jana Belerma, the hotel waitress and the bandit Esteve Durandarte risk their lives to keep it free.
Return to Canfranc is their story. Jana and Esteve, armed only with the courage of love, fought so that thousands of Jewish citizens could pass through the legendary station. They were joined by many other generous people who decided to face down terror and offer their help. For thousands of people persecuted by the Nazi regime, hope’s name was Canfranc.
A platform, mountains, heroes and, finally, freedom.
The forgotten story of a legendary station that changed the course of the war.
Return to Canfranc astutely mixes the intrigue of the best spy novels with the emotion of love stories in a historic recreation of a crucial time.
The novel is based on true events. It is a gripping, real and little known story.
During 1942 and 1943 a small group of station workers managed to save thousands of Jews from the clutches of the Nazis so they could get to Lisbon and sail for America. During those years, an Oscar Schindler lived in Spain. His real name was Albert Le Lay and he is portrayed in this novel as Laurent Juste.
Éditions Kero (France).