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Andree's War How One Young Woman Outwitted the Nazis by Francelle Bradford White
  

Andree's War How One Young Woman Outwitted the Nazis

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As her mother, Andree increasingly suffers from Alzheimer’s, Francelle White is driven by the need to remember her mother as she was, especially her bravery and resourcefulness during the Second World War, when Andree worked at the Paris Police Headquarters, an ideal place to steal documents and to learn secrets to pass on to the Resistance and UK and US Intelligence. Francelle has tracked down many of her mother’s former colleagues, interviewed members of her family and consulted the archives to recreate the story of how this 19-year old girl was so keen to take on such dangerous work and how she survived and went on to become a recipient of the Legion d’Honneur.

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Synopsis

Andree's War How One Young Woman Outwitted the Nazis by Francelle Bradford White

Andree Griotteray was only 19 when the Germans invaded France. She was just another young teenager, in search of fun and frivolity. Instead she found herself living in an occupied city, forced to work alongside the men who had invaded her country. Unable to stand by and do nothing, her younger brother Alain first set up an underground newspaper, urging readers to join the resistance, before creating his own resistance network. Andree risked her life to help him in both endeavours. Through her job at the passport department of the Police Headquarters in Paris, she typed up and printed copies of La France, and stole blank ID cards to be distributed to anyone attempting to escape France. She travelled across France, picking up and dropping off intelligence ultimately destined for the British and Americans, always fearless in the face of immense pressure. And then one day, she was betrayed and arrested. For the first time Andree's story is told in English, by her own daughter. Based on her diaries and conversations over the years, Francelle brings her mother's story to life. Despite her lifelong modesty, Andree has been lauded by the French government for her bravery. Now her achievements will reach a new audience.

Reviews

'An interesting book... touching in its juxtaposition of war news with a young woman's preoccupation with clothes, boyfriends and, as the war went on, the search for food. -- Barbara Dryden, blogger

'absolutely fascinating' - Kirsty Hewitt, Nudge blog

About the Author

Francelle White first learned about her mother's exploits in World War II when she was six years old and has been fascinated by her achievements ever since. She is a Director of the international art and antiques transport company Gander & White, and lives in England with her husband. As a fundraiser in her spare time, she has raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes, including Alzheimer's, the disease from which her mother now suffers. This is her first book.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th September 2014

Author

Francelle Bradford White

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Publisher

Elliott & Thompson Limited

Format

Hardback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Biography: historical, political & military
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Second World War

ISBN

9781783960248

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