“Freedom is the only thing worth living for. While I was doing that work I used to think that it didn’t matter if I died, because without freedom there was no point in living.” – Nancy Wake
Nancy Wake: A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine by Peter FitzSimons came to my attention via an online news report of her death on August 7th. Her incredibly heroic contributions during WWII made me want to read this book. I was very lucky to get my hands on a copy of the only book available in our library system.
Nancy Wake was born in Australia and moved to England shortly before the War began. She worked as a journalist in France and while traveling as such in Europe, witnessed first-hand the cruelty of the growing Nazi regime. Nancy risked her life for the cause of freedom as she heroically worked with the Resistance behind enemy lines.
After the War, Nancy returned to Australia, but lived again in England later in life. She died in London. Honoring her wishes, her ashes were to be sprinkled over the Montlucon in Central France where she played a vital role during the War.
This fascinating book was one I could not put down. So often biographies are not as engaging as I would hope, but this book was outstanding as was Nancy Wake and her life. If you can get your hands on a copy of this book, please do. I believe it is well worth reading.