By Susan Ottaway
The remarkable real tale of British distinctive brokers Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, sisters who risked every thing to struggle for freedom in the course of the moment global War.
When aged recluse Eileen Nearne died, few suspected that the quiet little outdated woman used to be a embellished WWII warfare hero. Volunteering to serve for British intelligence at age 21, Eileen was once published to Nazi-occupied France to ship encoded messages of the most important significance for the Allies, till her seize through the Gestapo.
Eileen was once now not the one agent in her family—-her sister Jacqueline was once a courier for the French resistance. whereas Jacqueline narrowly kept away from arrest, Eileen was once tortured by way of the Nazis, then despatched to the notorious Ravensbrück women's focus camp. Astonishingly, this innovative younger girl ultimately escaped her captors and located her approach to the advancing American army.
In this impressive actual tale of triumph and tragedy, Susan Ottaway unveils the key lives of 2 sisters who sacrificed themselves to shield their kingdom.
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Although she relished it, ballet gave her more to be disciplined about, and into her exercises 3 4 < Donald Spoto she poured all the ambition and dedication a sensitive girl can muster. But artistic apprenticeship, however rewarding at the moment, has an uncertain future, and her teachers were too honest to promise anything to anyone. Fear had been her constant companion, and since 1940, the progressive deprivation of life ’s necessities had very nearly ruined her health forever. At the same time, the war had an odd but widespread corollary: like many others, Audrey found solidarity of purpose in working with her family and friends for the resistance.
I was very restless and could never sit for hours on end. I liked history and mythology and astronomy—but I hated anything to do with arithmetic. ” But there was one session each week that Audrey very much loved and anticipated: the hours when a London ballet master led the girls in dance classes. Ella visited the school on Audrey’s tenth birthday—May 4, 1939. She arrived just in time for a dance recital that featured her daughter. The teacher and her classmates were enthusiastic in their applause, and Audrey was glowing.
I saw German trucks coming in, and in ﬁve days Holland fell,” Audrey remembered. ” For the present, Audrey’s family was permitted to ENCHANTMENT = 21 remain in the ancestral home; word had come down from Nazi headquarters that an occupation achieved with citizens’ cooperation would facilitate a total German conquest of the Low Countries. Over the next ten months, the van Heemstra bank accounts, securities and personal jewelry were conﬁscated. Secure in their wealth for centuries, they now saw almost everything taken away.