By Judy Barrett Litoff, Virginia d'Albert-Lake
This attention-grabbing publication 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 existence 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 offered 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 seize in 1944 and her criminal memoir written instantly after the struggle. Masterfully edited, they impart the compassion and sturdiness of an almost forgotten heroine as they supply a useful list 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 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 gentle at the French Resistance.-Robert Gildea, writer of Marianne in Chains: looking for the German profession, 1940-1945 immediately 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 enchanting story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg instances
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28. The head of state of France was the president, elected by Parliament for seven years and largely a ceremonial ﬁgure with little power. In 1939 Albert Lebrun held the post. Outbreak of War to the Fall of France [ 13 ................. 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 loves to argue and is intelligent as well as being gifted in expressing himself, but he is an extremist. What the others are seeking is some sort of equilibrium, in this topsy-turvy world; hence Andre´ makes himself unhappy and unpopular. He is to be pitied. Donald Tritsch is a nice fellow, kind and a gentleman. In discussions he has ﬁxed ideas, almost stubborn ones, and hence is incapable of arguing broadly and intelligently. He is not a thinker. Steilhin is always gay, seeing both sides of a question and perceiving clearly when it comes to evaluation of ideas.
But he was wrong, there was one! And exactly across from the gates, and I watched my honey disappear into his prison. I was so happy though that I danced, to have had such luck and to feel Philippe so near. But I was not undressed when Philippe appeared at the door!! They had not been expected and so he could spend the night out and he has managed to be free every night since! As long as he is present for the last call at night and at the ﬁrst in the morning, he is alright. I cannot say that we sleep very well here however.