In Soviet Union women participating in WWII were erased from history, remaining as the occasional anecdote of a female sniper or simply as medical staff or, at best, radio specialists. The word “front-line girl” (frontovichka) became a terrible insult, synonimous to “whore”. Hundreds thousand of girls who went to war to protect their homeland with their very lives, who came back injured or disabled, with medals for valor, had to hide it to protect themselves from public scorn.
French soldiers gathering Jewish persons. Paris 1940. French police actually asked the German invaders if they should arrest the children too. There were hundreds of concentration camps throughout France that are unknown to most people. French police took the Jewish people they rounded up to a stadium in Paris first. From there the French railways transported most of those rounded up to their death in German Concentration/murder camps.
Elizabeth of Bavaria,Queen of Belgium.During WWI established a hospital and worked as a nurse caring for soldiers and civilians. During WWII German occupation of Belgium she used her influence as Queen and German connections to assist in rescuing hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis for which she was awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government. "AL"
Beatrice Alice Allsop (b 1882) went to France in 1914 as part of the QAIMNS. In Aug 1916, she was serving at No.33 casualty clearing station at Bethune, when it was hit by a German shell. She was wounded while in the operating theatre, along with several other nurses. Nonetheless, the nurses successfully moved the 260 patients to safety in the cellars & continued their work through hours of shelling. They were decorated on Aug 17, 1916, & were the first female recipients of the Military…