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Violette Szabo
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Spy
    (June 26, 1921-February 5, 1945)
    Born in Paris, France
    Birth name was Violette Bushell
    Secret agent for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE)
    Organized resistance networks in France
    Captured by the Germans (June 10, 1944)
    Executed at Ravensbruck concentration camp
    She married Etienne Szabo only 42 days after meeting him.
    She volunteered for dangerous missions despite having a two-year old daughter.
    Her superiors worried that she took unnecessary risks.
    Her husband was killed during the Battle of El Alamein, and died without ever seeing their daughter.
    During her capture, she held off the Germans with a Sten gun long enough to allow her comrades in the resistance to escape.
    She was tortured by the Gestapo. but did not reveal any information.
    She posthumously became the second woman awarded the George Cross for heroism.
    Fellow SOE agent and Ravensbruck inmate Odette Churchill said, 'She was the bravest of us all.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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