Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Helene Deschamps Adams. The Distaff Side of the French Resistance, WWII

Helene Deschamps Adams. War hero. Died 2006 in New York. She was a spy against the Nazis in France, resisting them and their collaborators in WWII. She also spied for the United States, see http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2006/09/21/helene_deschamps_adams_85_daring_french_spy_rescuer_in_wwii/

She was always a risk-taker, a tomboy as a child, see http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/24/nyregion/23deschamps.html?_r=0  She observed and reported German positions, was captured carrying fake German papers, see a book from 1985 entitled, "Women in the Resistance," by Margaret L. Rossiter (Praeger), was nearly executed, hid in a closet while drunken German soldiers searched, and saw her work as just a necessary job.