By Judy Barrett Litoff, Virginia d'Albert-Lake
This interesting ebook tells the impressive tale of a normal American woman's heroism within the French Resistance. Virginia Roush fell in love with Philippe d'Albert-Lake in the course of a trip to France in 1936; they married quickly after. In 1943, they either joined the Resistance, the place Virginia positioned her lifestyles in jeopardy as she sheltered downed airmen and later survived a Nazi felony camp. After the warfare, she stayed in France with Philippe, and was once provided the Lgion d'Honneur and the Medal of Honor. She died in 1997.Judy Barrett Litoff brings jointly infrequent documents-Virginia's diary of wartime France till her catch in 1944 and her felony memoir written instantly after the battle. Masterfully edited, they impart the compassion and durability of a virtually forgotten heroine as they supply a useful list of the workings of the Resistance by means of one of many only a few American ladies who participated in it.An indelible portrait of impressive power of personality . . . [D'Albert-Lake] is sombre, reflective, and responsive to each detail.-The New Yorker A sharply etched and relocating tale of affection, companionship, dedication, and sacrifice. . . . This superbly edited diary and memoir throw an unique mild at the French Resistance.-Robert Gildea, writer of Marianne in Chains: looking for the German career, 1940-1945 right now a beautiful self-portrait and dramatic narrative of a valorous younger American lady . . . a thrilling and gripping tale, the best of the various wartime tales.-Walter CronkiteAn captivating story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg occasions
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He believes in treating his men as if they were children and had never experienced any military life. He told the Brigadiers that it was their responsibility to see that the men were clean. Cleanliness is certainly a personal 35. The August 23, 1939, Nonaggression Pact between Germany and the Soviet Union included secret provisions for dividing Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe between the two powers. Like many of her contemporaries, Virginia often referred to the Soviet Union as Russia.
They left only about an hour ago, in a big open truck, my Philippe towering above the others. We talked over what I should do before he left. Since we heard that the village lacked most everything, we thought it better that I continue here until we surveyed the possibilities of my staying there. 27 Now there is nothing but to wait for perhaps a couple of days. But we have been so fortunate up to the present that we have great faith in the future, in a future with our being together as long as possible.
Philippe may be my cute husband but I can see his abilities in an unprejudiced light, believe it or not. He is the sanest man I know. If in a discussion he takes part as he usually does and seems to enjoy, he is just and well balanced in his judgement. If he stumbles upon a prejudice, he says so at once! How many people do that, or can do it? What a pair he and Andre´ make, Andre´ lacking idealism, Philippe full of it. We loved listening in on these men’s ideas. I have taken little part, chieﬂy because to express my opinion in French is still rather difﬁcult.