17 July 2015

Published July 15, 2015 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            “Patrick, spit that paper out.”

            “But, I want to be a hero like you, Maman.”

            “Where do you get such ideas?” 

            “I heard Papa say you’re a hero because you ate paper. Is that true?”


            Nine years ago while riding her bicycle on the outskirts of Paris on a Resistance mission, Virginia d’Albert-Lake had been stopped and taken to a nearby police station.      

            “Where’s the list?” demanded the expressionless uniform.

            “What list?”

            “You ate it, didn’t you?”

            Her scalp tingled and her gorge rose as she fought to keep down a swallowed lump of paper.        


            “Yes, it’s true.”        


Women in the French Resistance

Women in the French Resistance


There’s more to the story:

An American Heroine

92 comments on “17 July 2015

  • Beautiful story, beautifully and simply told. And thank you for including the link too. The tales of resistance heroism are re-enacted and re-told right through France, and there seems to be hardly a town without a memorial to the war dead. A timely reminder – well executed.


    • Dear Sandra,

      This was one of those stories that caught my attention and wouldn’t let go. Virginia was an amazing woman. It was hard to boil her down into a hundred words.

      Your words warm me and make me smile.

      Thank you for the beautiful photo and the kind comments.



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  • History is full of heroes. My grandmother was fourteen when she smuggled ammunition for the resistance. She had to pass a bridge checkpoint with German guards and she did it numerous times, hiding ammo at the bottom of the metal milk canister. I can’t imagine I would be able to do that, especially at that age. But, she was one tough cookie.
    So, you can imagine how much I like your story.🙂


    • Dear Loré,

      I often wonder what I would do if faced with certain situations. I believe the truth is that we don’t know what we’re capable of until the need arises. Your grandmother sounds like an amazing woman. I wonder if she knew Virginia.

      Thank you for sharing your your own history and kind words for my story.



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  • Dear Rochelle,

    You. You and your knack for teaching us and providing us with wonderful, true stories. How you managed to take that linked text and bring us into that world, in just 100 words…I’m in awe!


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  • Hmm. Kids can bring a smile so easily, mimicking without knowing the whole story.🙂 But good on her! That list must have been very important.

    The article is not opening at the moment, (net’s a tad slow I suppose), but will peruse it later.🙂


    • Dear Leo,

      I hope you were able to open the article. If not you can do a Google search for Virginia d’Albert-Lake. The list had the names and addresses of fellow Resistance fighters. Very important indeed.




  • Dear Rochelle,

    In lieu of pressing madly on a button designating some emotion loftier than ‘like’, let me simply say that Geraldine would be proud of you. Keep at it. Dig deeper. Design the bookshelves. Dig the pool.

    Your future’s already here and it’s bright.




  • Dear Olive,
    Ma’am, I say Ma’am, I just can’t wait to see you in your plaid skirt and jacket like the woman on the left in the B & W photo. You’ll certainly be the talk of Kansas City. I’m sure poor little Virginia was just making a spit-wad to throw at Hitler. No harm there.

    – Foghorn Leghorn


    • Dear Foghorn,

      I think I’ll pass on the plaid. Big prints tend to make me look shorter, if that’s possible.😉 Alas, a spit wad wouldn’t have done Virginia much good.

      Thank you for dropping by.




  • I saw your comment above that she said she’d done what any normal person would have done – but history tells us that’s not true. There are many heroes, but there are also many bystanders. I don’t think we can know which we’d be until the time comes.
    Love the story and the framing with the son. And the link, which I very much enjoyed reading.


    • Dear Jennifer,

      I always appreciate your comments. I can’t imagine what I’d do in Virginia’s situation. What an extraordinary woman. I’m pleased that you enjoyed my story and took the time to read the article.

      Thank you.




    • Dear Ali,

      Quick thinking on her part. The Gestapo had already taken the list of Resistance fighters from her and then gave it back. She ate it on the way to the office.

      Thank you.




  • Hola Rochelle,
    I’m pleased to be feeling up to writing again after my back surgery 2 weeks ago. I’m able to sit for short periods. Immediately, my first thoughts were “Get back to writing”.
    I enjoyed the story you wrote very much. I appreciate you’re adding the link to ‘An American Heroine’.

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  • I love that she didn’t even lie when faced with the question. Amazing – history and its heroes are though, aren’t they. Thank you for sharing.

    Be well Rochelle, I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well.


    • Dear Yolanda,

      I’m pleased that you liked my story. According to Virginia’s own diary, she told the truth when she felt it safe and other times she lied.

      I’m feeling fine…I’m not sure where you got the idea otherwise.

      Thank you.




  • What an amazing person you captured here in 100 words. She sounds like a remarkable lady who took a lot risks. Thanks for sharing this history and the article. Beautiful story, Rochelle.


  • We know an old lady called Odette (not that one, obviously!) who foollowed her lover to France. When the Gestapo tortured him to death she escaped over the mountians with a guide. After te war the guide tracked her down and married her. If she didn’t live in Argentina and wasn’t far too deaf for long phone conversations, I’d be writing her life story now😦


  • Great job with the dialogue and good talking about the French Resistance. I was just reading another blog/chapter in Longreads from =Sarah Helm | Ravensbrück: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women | Nan A. Talese. I don’t know if you’ve read it but Longreads has the chapter ” Ravensbruck” from the book. Excellent writing. I’m going to get the book.


    • Dear Susan,

      I haven’t read the book. It sounds interesting. I’ve read quite a bit about the camps, though and am quite familiar with Ravensbrück. Horrible place, but weren’t they all.

      Thank you for your kind words.



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  • I would like to apologise for the almost total lack of visits to other stories this week.
    Last week I inadvertently threw my laptop across a hotel room in Aix-en-Provence.
    While it still, somewhat surprisingly, functions, the screen now has an interesting appearance.
    It displays, even to my colour-blind eyes, varying delightful shades of purple.
    More your taste than mine, dear lady!
    This is more conducive to inspiring severe eye strain and headaches than appreciation of writing excellence.
    I hope to resume normal (?) service ASAP.


  • That’s a great story especially since it’s based on a true incident. Fascinating link indeed, so many unsung heroes played their part to liberate the future generations from the evil that existed.


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