Already a decorated heroine of the First World War, British-born Mary Lindell, Comtesse de Milleville, was one of the most colourful and courageous agents of the Second World War, yet her story has almost been forgotten.
Evoking the spirit of Edith Cavell, and taking the German occupation of Paris in 1940 as a personal affront, she led an escape line for patriotic Frenchmen wanting to join the Free French and for British soldiers left behind after Dunkirk. She would later set up an escape line for Blondie Hasler, leader of the ‘Cockleshell Heroes’ and for downed Allied aircrew, and in April 1945, when a score of British and American women emerged from Ravensbrück concentration camp, known as the Women’s Hell, they had been kept alive by the willpower and the strength of character of one fellow prisoner, Mary Lindell.
Poignantly supported by first-hand testimony, Lindell’s List tells the moving story Mary Lindell’s heroic leadership and of the endurance of a group of women who defied the Nazis in the Second World War.
Peter Hore is the author of several biographies and for the last dozen years a freelance obituarist at the Daily Telegraph. He served a full career in the Royal Navy, spent nine years in the film and TV industry, and is now a full-time writer, editor and journalist.
A TIME TO PUT THINGS STRAIGHT:
Examining some of the myths and legends surrounding SOE’s history
15.30 – MARK SEAMAN
Mark Seaman is an historian specialising in intelligence and special operations. He joined the Imperial War Museum in 1980 and was responsible for projects including the exhibition ‘European Resistance to Nazi Germany, 1939-1945’, the ‘Secret War’ permanent gallery and an international conference on the Special Operations Executive.
His published work includes ‘Bravest of the Brave’ (a biography of the SOE agent ‘Tommy Yeo-Thomas), ‘Operation Foxley; the British plan to kill Hitler’ and ‘Special Operations Executive; A new instrument of war’. He has featured frequently in the written and broadcast media including acting as adviser to television and film projects. In 2015 he was awarded an MBE for services to the history of espionage.
16.30: Refreshment break
16.45: Panel – SECRET WW2: Myths, facts & fiction –
With at least four published biographers and one fiction writer in the room, not to mention one of them also being a leading literary agent, this promises to be a lively and informative session especially when discussiing how well (or poorly) the publishing industry handles SOE and intelligence projects; but this should also be well worth attending for anyone with a more general interest in writing, including ‘how to get published’.
Books by the speakers will be on sale (Event ends at 18.00)
Please note that ANDREW LOWNIE will be giving a separate talk at 19.00 on Guy Burgess
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