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This interesting e-book tells the striking 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 lifestyles in jeopardy as she sheltered downed airmen and later survived a Nazi criminal camp. After the warfare, she stayed in France with Philippe, and used to be presented 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 trap in 1944 and her legal memoir written instantly after the battle. Masterfully edited, they impart the compassion and sturdiness of an almost forgotten heroine as they supply a useful checklist of the workings of the Resistance through one of many only a few American girls who participated in it.An indelible portrait of amazing 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 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 immediately a gorgeous self-portrait and dramatic narrative of a valorous younger American lady . . . an exhilarating and gripping tale, the best of the various wartime tales.-Walter CronkiteAn spell binding story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg instances

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Soldiers seemed to be every place, and I was conscious of their faces being turned toward me in friendly interested welcome. One rather independent soldier stepped up to me, as I’m certain I looked quite bewildered, and started conversing. ‘‘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!

Philippe was of English and French ancestry. His mother, Violet Elizabeth Lloyd Whitmarsh, was English and his father, Jean Ame´de´e d’Albert-Lake, was French. Hence, Virginia uses the British term ‘‘Mum’’ when referring to her motherin-law. 9. Dammartin-en-Goe¨le is thirty-five kilometers northeast of Paris. 4 ] The Diary ................. 15705$ $CH1 12-13-05 10:38:07 PS PAGE 4 It was as if an armistice had been declared! I was so happy. 10 To think that it could be really true. I was afraid to believe it until I really had arrived.

I felt I could go on living there and be happy, if need be. But after the weeks rolled around we began hearing rumors of the men leaving ‘‘in a week,’’ ‘‘next weekend,’’ ‘‘next Tuesday,’’ and finally ‘‘next Thursday’’ which was the last and true statement. They were to go to Vincennes or Rambouillet or to both. It was the unknown, but it was not ‘‘la haut’’ (the front). So I might be able to follow. Rambouillet23 ........................................... Sunday, October 15, 1939 So on October 12th the squadron marched to the station while Christine and I followed in a bus.

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