RIP – NANCY WAKE


EXPIRED: 08/07/11 – Nancy Wake, 98, ran away from her New Zealand home at 16 and worked as a nurse. Then with $200 inherited from an aunt, she moved first to NYC and then to London where she got a job as a journalist. Working in Paris for Hearst newspapers as a European correspondent, she saw young roving Nazi gangs randomly beating Jewish men and women in the streets. That spurred her to become a British agent in World War II and a leader in the French Resistance. Nicknamed the White Mouse, she was one of the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen of the war. By 1943, she was the Gestapo’s most wanted person, with a 5 million-franc price on her head.  In 1985, Wake published her autobiography, The White Mouse, a best-seller.

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