|Violette Szabo 1921 - 1945|
|Violette Szabo of the SOE, London|
Photo courtesy: Jim Hooper
She became involved in a firefight with the Gestapo and was captured giving covering fire to other resistance members who managed to escape.
She was interrogated by the Gestapo and tortured but did not reveal anything. She was sent to Ravensburg extermination camp where she was subject to sexual abuse, torture and, eventually, killed by firing squad. She was 23 years old.
Here is the unforgettable poem, written by Leo Marks that Szabo used in the field for enciphering purposes that became her theme song...
|Violette and Etienne Szabo|
"The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have
The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.
A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause.
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours."
Violette Szabo won posthumously the George Cross, the Croix de Guerre, and the Medaille de la Resistiance. They were given to her daughter Tania.
|SOE Plaque, Baker Street|
|Setting Europe Ablaze!|
Commander Kelly says, "Thank God for Violette Szabo and others like her (e.g. The US Navy Seals in Act of Valor - see earlier post, http://americanconservativeinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/act-of-valor.html) who sacrificed everything for our freedom."
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