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By Judy Barrett Litoff, Virginia d'Albert-Lake

ISBN-10: 082322581X

ISBN-13: 9780823225811

ISBN-10: 1429478934

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This attention-grabbing e-book tells the impressive tale of a standard 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 existence in jeopardy as she sheltered downed airmen and later survived a Nazi felony camp. After the battle, she stayed in France with Philippe, and used to be 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 until eventually her seize in 1944 and her legal memoir written instantly after the warfare. Masterfully edited, they communicate the compassion and longevity of a virtually forgotten heroine as they supply a useful checklist of the workings of the Resistance by way of one of many only a few American girls who participated in it.An indelible portrait of amazing energy 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 fantastically edited diary and memoir throw an unique mild at the French Resistance.-Robert Gildea, writer of Marianne in Chains: looking for the German profession, 1940-1945 without delay a beautiful self-portrait and dramatic narrative of a valorous younger American girl . . . a thrilling and gripping tale, the best of the numerous wartime tales.-Walter CronkiteAn enchanting story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg occasions

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She was also a highly respected member of the Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society (AFEES), and she attended AFEES reunions whenever possible. 70 Despite her arrest and the harrowing months that she spent in German concentration camps, Virginia never regretted her actions. Years later, when asked how she survived this horrible ordeal, she responded with steely resolve: ‘‘It was a matter of morale. You couldn’t let them see you weep. The women who wept at night usually were dead by morning. ’’71 Virginia was proud that she had assisted sixty-six downed airmen escape capture by the Germans and that she ‘‘had a share’’ in the ‘‘gallant career’’ of the Comet line and its ‘‘climactic success’’ at the Forest of Fre´teval on August 14, 1945.

They were always sweet and friendly, and seemed to get a certain amusement out of talking with me and trying to understand my highly accented French. The lady butcher always gave me the best meat ‘‘bon marche´,’’19 the produce lady gave me the freshest, biggest eggs which she kept hidden under the counter, the bakery lady lent me her umbrella the day of a downpour, the cute little 18. Secondary Mobilization Center of Cavalry 21. 19. Good price. Outbreak of War to the Fall of France [ 7 .................

15705$ $CH1 12-13-05 10:38:09 PS PAGE 13 must be more than that. Splendid, honest, noble looking in their uniforms. Most of them have iron grey hair. I wonder how it feels to them to be going in to another war? I will be happy when Philippe goes ahead in rank, not only the fact of going ahead but so that he can have a good looking khaki uniform. He is unhappy in his old blue misfit, which was probably taken from a dead soldier in the last war. He is a ‘‘Brigadier’’ (Corporal) now. The next step is noncommissioned officer.

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