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Event remembers World War heroine

Violette Szabo
Violette Szabo's life has been depicted in a film

The daughter of a World War II heroine will be guest of honour at a screening of the film about her mother's life.

Violette Szabo was a war widow who helped the French resistance as a secret agent for the British.

Mrs Szabo, who was captured days after D Day and executed by the Gestapo, was posthumously awarded the George Cross.

The film, Carve her Name with Pride, is 50 years old and the Royal Armouries in Leeds celebrated the anniversary with screenings this weekend.

A ticket-only event dedicated to celebrating and remembering the lives of those who served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II and a screening of the film will be held at the museum on Sunday evening.


Violette Szabo commemorated

Mrs Szabo was born in Paris. Her family moved to London and she attended school in Brixton until the age of 14.

She was 22 when she joined the SOE in 1943 and first went into the field on 6 April 1944, returning for a second mission on 7 June 1944.

Three days into this mission Mrs Szabo was captured and later executed at Ravensbruck concentration camp.

Mrs Szabo's daughter Tania, who received her mother's posthumous George Cross when she was four years old, made a guest appearance and gave talks at Sunday's events.

Virginia McKenna played Mrs Szabo in Carve her Name with Pride.

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