An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia D'Albert-Lake / Edition 1

An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia D'Albert-Lake / Edition 1

by Judy Barrett Litoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823225828

ISBN-13: 9780823225828

Pub. Date: 03/14/2008

Publisher: Fordham University Press

This fascinating book tells the remarkable story of an ordinary American woman's heroism in the French Resistance. Virginia Roush fell in love with Philippe d'Albert-Lake during a visit to France in 1936; they married soon after. In 1943, they both joined the Resistance, where Virginia put her life in jeopardy as she sheltered downed airmen and later survived a

Overview

This fascinating book tells the remarkable story of an ordinary American woman's heroism in the French Resistance. Virginia Roush fell in love with Philippe d'Albert-Lake during a visit to France in 1936; they married soon after. In 1943, they both joined the Resistance, where Virginia put her life in jeopardy as she sheltered downed airmen and later survived a Nazi prison camp. After the war, she stayed in France with Philippe, and was awarded the Lgion d'Honneur and the Medal of Honor. She died in 1997.Judy Barrett Litoff brings together two rare documents-Virginia's diary of wartime France until her capture in 1944 and her prison memoir written immediately after the war. Masterfully edited, they convey the compassion and toughness of a nearly forgotten heroine as they provide an invaluable record of the workings of the Resistance by one of the very few American women who participated in it.An indelible portrait of extraordinary strength of character . . . [D'Albert-Lake] is sombre, reflective, and attentive to every detail.-The New Yorker A sharply etched and moving story of love, companionship, commitment, and sacrifice. . . . This beautifully edited diary and memoir throw an original light on the French Resistance.-Robert Gildea, author of Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation, 1940-1945 At once a stunning self-portrait and dramatic narrative of a valorous young American woman . . . an exciting and gripping story, one of the best of the many wartime tales.-Walter CronkiteAn enthralling tale which brims with brave airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823225828
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2008
Series:
World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension Series
Edition description:
3
Pages:
322
Sales rank:
258,705
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Editor's Note     ix
Introduction: Women and the French Resistance: The Story of Virginia d'Albert-Lake   Judy Barrett Litoff     xi
Remembering My Mother   Patrick d'Albert-Lake     xxxv
The Diary, October 11, 1939-April 1944
Outbreak of War to the Fall of France, October 11, 1939-June 23, 1940     3
Life after the Fall of France, June 24, 1940-August 29, 1940     50
Life after the Fall of France, September 1940-April 1944     75
The Memoir, "My Story"
Working for Comet Escape Line and Arrest, Fall 1943-June 14, 1944     91
Imprisonment at Fresnes and Romainville, June 15, 1944-August 15, 1944     119
Deportation to Ravensbruck, August 15, 1944-August 22, 1944     142
Internment at Ravensbruck and Torgau, August 22, 1944-October 16, 1944     155
Internment at Konisgberg, October 16, 1944-February 2, 1945     177
Return to Ravensbruck, February 2, 1945-February 28, 1945     209
Liebenau, February 28, 1945-Late May 1945     223
Epilogue     238
Afterword   Jim Calio     242
Appendixes     247
Further Reading     265
Index     267

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