By Judy Barrett Litoff, Virginia d'Albert-Lake
This attention-grabbing booklet tells the amazing 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 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 used to be 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 until eventually her catch in 1944 and her legal memoir written instantly after the battle. Masterfully edited, they communicate the compassion and durability of a virtually 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 remarkable energy 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 fantastically 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 right away a beautiful self-portrait and dramatic narrative of a valorous younger American lady . . . a thrilling and gripping tale, the most effective of the various wartime tales.-Walter CronkiteAn captivating story which brims with courageous airmen and plucky heroines.-David Kirby, St. Petersburg instances
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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.
73 Virginia d’Albert-Lake’s wartime diary and memoir provide us with a new appreciation for the heroic deeds performed by thousands of escape line resisters who risked their lives to bring about the defeat of Nazi Germany. As an American citizen living in France, Virginia could have returned to the safety of her native country when war broke out in Europe in 1939, but she never considered that as an option. Remaining in France 2 Avenue Gabriel, Paris, October 10,1945, in d’Albert-Lake Family Papers (see Appendix 13).
Of course, I knew some things—they came out in bits and pieces—but there was never a discussion about it in my family. We never actually sat down and talked about it. It was taboo, a way for my parents to protect themselves from what had happened. They just put it out of their lives. ’’ A lot of people just wanted to forget what had happened. Also, we have very high expectations of people we call heroes. We somehow think that they will be different, and indeed their actions make them so, but they don’t think so themselves.
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