By Judy Barrett Litoff, Virginia d'Albert-Lake
This attention-grabbing e-book tells the extraordinary tale of a typical 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 placed her lifestyles in jeopardy as she sheltered downed airmen and later survived a Nazi legal camp. After the struggle, 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 catch in 1944 and her felony memoir written instantly after the battle. Masterfully edited, they communicate the compassion and sturdiness of an almost forgotten heroine as they supply a useful checklist of the workings of the Resistance via one of many only a few American ladies who participated in it.An indelible portrait of remarkable power of personality . . . [D'Albert-Lake] is sombre, reflective, and conscious of 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 gentle at the French Resistance.-Robert Gildea, writer of Marianne in Chains: looking for the German profession, 1940-1945 instantly a gorgeous self-portrait and dramatic narrative of a valorous younger American girl . . . a thrilling and gripping tale, the most effective of the various wartime tales.-Walter CronkiteAn captivating story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg instances
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Roush, January 14, 1945; Johnny White to Mrs. Roush, February 23, 1945; all in National Archives and Records Administration, RG 498, Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II), MIS-X (copies of these documents are in the d’Albert-Lake Family Papers). 61. ‘‘My Story,’’ pp. 198–210. Introduction [ xxix ................. 15705$ INTR 12-13-05 10:37:16 PS PAGE xxix Commonwealth civilians, as well as prominent ﬁgures, it was, unlike concentration camps such as Ravensbru¨ck, subject to international humanitarian laws governing prisoners of war that had been agreed upon at the Geneva Convention of July 27, 1929.
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.
Bonjour Madame. )16 I laughed an answer in the afﬁrmative, because he was in a gay mood too; and when he said, ‘‘Follow me,’’ I did so with much eagerness, and there down the street 100 yds. I found my honey on guard. He never looked so big and good to me in his life! He had a huge khaki colored coat on, one of immense dimensions, which fell in great folds from his belt! But oh that smile! Some one took his place at guard and he took me ‘‘home’’ on down the street, past the soldiers’ monument, up a little rutty road, and there, protected by two huge walnut trees and an old blind dog 10 yrs.
An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia D'Albert-Lake (World War II: the Globa, Human, and Ethical Dimension) by Judy Barrett Litoff, Virginia d'Albert-Lake