An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and by Judy Barrett Litoff,Virginia d'Albert-Lake,Judy Litoff

By Judy Barrett Litoff,Virginia d'Albert-Lake,Judy Litoff

This interesting publication tells the impressive tale of a normal 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 struggle, she stayed in France with Philippe, and was once offered the Légion 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 catch in 1944 and her criminal memoir written instantly after the battle. 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 means of one of many only a few American girls who participated in it.

“An indelible portrait of impressive 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 career, 1940-1945

“At as soon as a gorgeous self-portrait and dramatic narrative of a valorous younger American lady . . . an exhilarating and gripping tale, the best of the numerous wartime tales.” —Walter Cronkite

“An enchanting story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.”—David Kirby, St. Petersburg Times

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