Page 454. " a small suitcase with brass locks, canted over to one side "

This, possibly the defining image of the book, is reminiscent of a true story that occurred in 2000, two years after Charlotte Gray was published.  A suitcase belonging to a young Jewish Czech girl, Hana Brady, inspired Fumiko Ishioka of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center to research her life.  Her quest to uncover Hana's early life and fate became the subject of a documentary and a book.  She even managed to locate Hana's brother, George, who survived the Holocaust.

Hana was killed in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, aged 13.


Page 456. " Stop it, Marat! "

Perhaps named after...


  Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793), a Swiss political actvist and journalist of the French revolution. He was murdered in his bathtub by a woman, Charlotte Corday, from a rival political faction.


Page 460. " over whose threshold the two boys, among many others, went through icy air, and disappeared "
Auschwitz - entrance gates
Public DomainAuschwitz - entrance gates - Credit: Logaritmo

André and Jacob Duguay, the two little Jewish boys, have reached their final destination: the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau near the southern Polish town of Oświęcim.

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Page 461. " black Wolseley "


Black Wolseley 1937 4-door saloon
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBlack Wolseley 1937 4-door saloon - Credit: Lars-Göran Lindgren
     Wolseley Motor Company

Page 465. " Is your journey really necessary?” "

Is Your Journey Really Necessary? (poster)
Public DomainIs Your Journey Really Necessary? (poster) - Credit:
One of the slogans used on propaganda posters by the British government to conserve scarce fuel supplies.

World War II Image Display


Page 466. " Charlotte telephoned Daisy at the Red Cross "


Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems
GNU Free Documentation LicenseRed Cross and Red Crescent emblems - Credit: Julius Kusuma

The British Red Cross played a vital role in World War II, setting up auxiliary hospitals in large houses around the country.  Many of these remained in operation after the war.