By Judy Barrett Litoff, Virginia d'Albert-Lake
This interesting ebook tells the impressive 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 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 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 till her trap in 1944 and her legal memoir written instantly after the battle. Masterfully edited, they impart the compassion and longevity of an almost forgotten heroine as they supply a useful checklist of the workings of the Resistance by way of one of many only a few American ladies who participated in it.An indelible portrait of outstanding power of personality . . . [D'Albert-Lake] is sombre, reflective, and aware 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 profession, 1940-1945 instantly 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 mesmerizing story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg instances
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Centre Secondaire Mobilisateur de Cavalerie),18 consisted of approximately one hundred men, who were living in various buildings and private homes where they had considerable freedom. I saw Philippe often twice a day, and had him every night also. He had lunch with the men (and wonderful lunches too, even turkey and rabbit) but dinner at home. There was always Delille, and very often Donald Tritsch, a boy half English, half French and who used to work for the Canadian Paciﬁc in Paris, also from time to time, Steilhin, a lawyer from Dieppe.
7. The general mobilization of Frenchmen between the ages of eighteen and thirty-ﬁve began on September 1, 1939. 8. 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!
Alenc¸on is about midway between Dinard and Paris. 13. Before his mobilization Philippe had worked for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, a British ﬁrm that either went out of business or was requisitioned by the Germans following the German occupation of northern France in June 1940. 14. The Maginot Line was a system of fortiﬁcations constructed between 1930 and 1937 and extending for 140 kilometers along France’s eastern border with Germany. Outbreak of War to the Fall of France [ 5 .................
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