By Sarah Helm
From an award-winning journalist comes this real-life cloak-and-dagger story of Vera Atkins, certainly one of Britain’s best mystery brokers in the course of global warfare II.
As the pinnacle of the French part of the British specified Operations government, Vera Atkins recruited, knowledgeable, and mentored exact operatives whose activity used to be to prepare and arm the resistance in Nazi-occupied France. After the struggle, Atkins courageously devoted herself to a deadly look for twelve of her so much loved girls spies who had long gone lacking in motion. Drawing on formerly unavailable resources, Sarah Helm chronicles Atkins’s awesome existence and her singular trip during the chaos of post-war Europe. Brimming with intrigue, heroics, honor, and the horrors of battle, A existence in Secrets is the tale of a grand, elusive lady and a travel de strength of investigative journalism.
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What mattered to Vera was that Nora could pass herself off as French. This she most certainly could, for her main home as a child had been Paris, where she was educated, studying child psychology at the Sorbonne. After university she became a noted author of children's stories, adapting legends and folklore for children and working on children's programmes for Radio Paris. However, Nora's “childlike” qualities, particularly her gentle manner and “lack of ruse,” had greatly worried her instructors at SOE's training schools.
You just don't know where to look. Their motivations were all different. Many women made good couriers or had worked in coding and had fingers like pianists—they made good radio operators. They might be artists or fashion designers. Why not? They had to be self-reliant, of course. Physical appearance was important. They were all attractive women. ” I asked, mentioning the woman wireless operator whose story I had always found most compelling. Noor Inayat Khan, alias Madeleine, had worked with Prosper, the biggest F Section circuit.
The files contained the original documents relating to Vera's investigation into the disappeared agents. I pulled out a flimsy piece of brown paper. It was a statement made by Franz Berg, a crematorium stoker, who had witnessed the killing of women agents in the Natzweiler concentration camp. I knelt on the floor to read. At the end of the statement, I saw that Berg had been interrogated by Squadron Officer Vera Atkins in April 1946. There was a tapping on the door. Phoebe was standing there, pointing at her watch.