Virginia d'Albert-Lake

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Virginia d'Albert-Lake
Virginia Roush[1]

June 4, 1910
DiedSeptember 20, 1997[2]
Alma materRollins College[2]
Known forWorld War II Nazi resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor

Virginia d'Albert-Lake (4 June 1910 – 20 September 1997) was notable for her work as a member of the anti-Nazi French Resistance during World War II.[3]

When World War II broke out, d'Albert-Lake, a Florida native, chose to remain in Paris with her French husband, Philippe. They joined the French Resistance in 1943 and helped to save the lives of more than 60 British and American airmen.[4] The Nazis captured d'Albert-Lake as part of their Nacht und Nebel (Night and Fog) program while she was leading an Allied airman to safety.[5][6] She was held at Ravensbrück concentration camp and when freed at the end of the war, weighed 75 pounds (34 kg).[7]

She died in 1997 at her home near Dinard, France, age 87.[2]


  • d'Albert-Lake, Virginia (2006). Judy Barrett Litoff (ed.). An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia d'Albert-Lake. Fordham University Press. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-8232-2581-1.


  1. ^ Author information, Fordham University Press
  2. ^ a b c d e "Virginia d'Albert-Lake, hero of French Resistance", St. Petersburg [Florida] Times, September 23, 1997
  3. ^ An American Heroine in the French Resistance: The Diary and Memoir of Virginia d'Albert-Lake. Edited by Judy Barrett Litoff. Fordham University Press. May 2006. ISBN 978-0-8232-2581-1
  4. ^ "American Woman Helped Save Airmen In France". NPR. 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  5. ^ "Royal Air Forces Escaping Society obituary for d'Albert-Lake". Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  6. ^ "Au bout de la nuit, le soleil de la liberté" (in French). L'Express. 11 August 1994..
  7. ^ American Woman Helped Save Airmen In France, National Public Radio, June 6, 2009