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An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia D'Albert-Lake edited by Judy Barrett LitoffAn American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia D'Albert-Lake edited, with an introduction, by Judy Barrett Litoff
Gemma La Guardia Gluck, sister of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia of New York City, was not the only native-born American imprisoned in Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. Another such woman, Virginia D'Albert-Lake married a French aristocrat and joined the resistance with him. She was sent from the camp to the Torgau subcamp, and in February 1945 her mother convinced Secretary of State Cordell Hull to have her transferred to a Red Cross camp at Lake Constance. This book, An American Heroine in the French Resistance (Fordham University Press, 2006), is edited by Judy Barrett Litoff. A professor of History at Bryant College in Rhode Island, she is considered one of the preeminent historians of American women and World War II. For more information on Dr. Litoff and her work, see http://bryant2.bryant.edu/~jlitoff/.

[NOTE: Kay Larson, who also writes about women in the U.S. military, contacted me after she read a review of Fiorello's Sister: Gemma La Guardia Gluck's Story. At our meeting she told me about Judy Barrett Litoff's work, and specifically about this book about Virginia D'Albert-Lake. Before, I knew D'Albert-Lake's name and that she had been an American at the camp, but I knew very little of her story. I was glad to find out that one more piece of the greater Ravensbrück puzzle is now solved and available to readers, and Dr. Litoff and I are now in contact.]

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