Orphans of the Storm

by Maria Downey



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/13/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480888111
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480889330
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480888128

About the Book

After sustaining debilitating injuries during the Second World War, Corporal Alvin Downey returned home where he suffered silently, plagued by his dark memories of being questioned about the orphan’s flight out of occupied France, tortured with a cattle prod by a Gestapo agent, and eventually transported to a concentration camp.

Within a gripping true story of honor and nobility, Downey’s daughter, Maria, leads others back into a chaotic time in history when General Eisenhower ordered the evacuation of thousands of children running through the rubble of bombed cities in Italy, France, and Germany. The mission, called Operation Blackfoot, enabled thousands of orphaned children to escape to freedom in England and the United States where they were welcomed by generous hosts such as Christina Ricci and Carolina Herrera who both educated and placed these children in American families after the close of the war.

Orphans of the Storm relays the story of the Western European evacuation of parentless children from the Second World War, as told through the eyes of an American corporal.

About the Author

Maria Downey has worked as an educator for twenty-seven years in Los Angeles County, lecturing in eight colleges and several high schools. The award-winning film producer holds two master’s degrees, heads Odyssey IV Films Corporation, and has exhibited her paintings and drawings internationally. This is her second novel.