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Naked Heroine

John Izbicki, The Naked Heroine - From the French Resistance to the Folies Bergère


In his new book "The Naked Heroine", John Izbicki, former journalist for The Telegraph, tells the story of Lydia Lova. Lydia was born in Poland and arrived in France in 1931. She subsequently helped her father run a French resistance network. The young women started to lead a double life: during the day, she danced at the Folies Bergère for the pleasure of German officers and night, she spied on them. 

This very dangerous double life ended with both her father and her being arrested by the Gestapo. They were then moved from their prison to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Ludia miraculously avoided the gas chamber by organising her own resistance mouvement inside the camp. Later on, she was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d'Honneur. 

John Izbicki tells this unusual true story with admiration, tenderness and exactness. 

John Izbicki, "The Naked Heroine - From the French Resistance to the Folies Bergère", Umbria Press, £9.95


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