Join us at The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre on International Women's Day when we will be joined by Dr Kate Vigurs who will be presenting her research into the women of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.
In the closing years of the Second World War eight women, who had been infiltrated by Special Operations Executive (SOE) behind enemy lines into Nazi Occupied France were caught. They had risked their lives working as couriers and wireless operators, aiding the local resistance in preparation for the allied invasion and paving the way for allied victory.
Arrested, interrogated, imprisoned and eventually incarcerated in Ravensbrück concentration camp, it was the Nazi’s intention that Violette Szabo, Odette Sansom, Lilian Rolfe, Denise Bloch, Cecily Lefort, Yvonne Baseden, Yvonne Rudellat and Eileen Nearne would disappear without trace. Unprotected by the Geneva Convention and beyond Allied help the lives of seven women hung in the balance. This is the story of their recruitment, training, work and eventual fate.