Family Stories, Family Secrets
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 683
- Oct 4, 2020 6:30 pm
- 28:00 mins
Last Boat Out of Shanghai Guest: Helen Zia, activist and author, "Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution" After 50 years, Zia finally hears the story of her mother's flight from Shanghai as Chairman Mao’s Communist takeover began. A Hidden Hero in the House Guest: Jonathan Rée, author, "A Schoolmaster’s War: Harry Rée—A British Agent in the French Resistance" Harry Rée, a British schoolmaster who parachuted into rural France to help the French Resistance, succeeded because he kept his head down. He talked the Peugot factory owner into blowing up his own factory and was shot at close range, but when he got home, he hardly mentioned the war. His son finally tells his story.