Tales of a Polish Woman – from the History archive

Frank has brought us the thrilling wartime story of an incredibly brave woman. Great reading!

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Christine Granville, nee Krystyna Skarbek, O.B.E., GM, Croix de Guerre, died tragically on June 15, 1952. She was a Special Operations Executive Agent during the war, celebrated for her daring and resourcefulness in intelligence and irregular warfare in Nazi occupied Poland and France. She was one of the longest serving of Britain’s wartime agents and was decorated by the King after the war.  In 1941 she began using the nom de guerre Christine Granville and adopted it with her naturalization as a British citizen in February 1947. She was 37 years old when she died.

Krystyna Skarbek, “Vesper” to her father, was born in 1908. the second child of Count Jerzy Skarbek and Stephania Goldfeder, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish banker. The Skarbeks had influenced Polish history for a thousand years, saving the country from medieval invaders and serving its royal courts’ “Krystyna inherited the self‐assuredness, patriotism and fearlessness…

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9 thoughts on “Tales of a Polish Woman – from the History archive

      1. It was! I have told Frank before that he missed his calling, he should have been a history teacher. Can you imagine hearing Frank’s stories in high school? It would have been a dream for me, and a far better learning experience.

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