PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Szabo, Violette Reine Elizabeth
Date of birth: June 26th, 1921 (Levallois-Perret, France)
Date of death:  Unknown (Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, Germany)
Nationality:  British
     
GEORGE CROSS
Rank: Ensign
Unit: Women's Transport Service (FANY), attd. Special Operations Executive Formerly of the A.T.S
Action: Violette Szabo was parachuted into France in April, 1944. She was twice arrested by the German security authorities, but each time managed to get away. Eventually, however, with other members of her group, she was surrounded by the Gestapo in a house in the south west of France. Resistance appeared hopeless but Madame Szabo, seizing a Sten gun and as much ammunition as she could carry, barricaded herself in part of the house and, killed or wounded several of them. Finally she was arrested and had to undergo solitary confinement. She was then continuously and atrociously tortured but never by word or deed gave away any of her acquaintances or told the enemy anything of any value.
Details: Violette Szabo was executed at the Ravensbrück concentration camp on an unknown date in January 1945. She was only 23-years old. On December 12th, 1946, Tania Szabo, her four years old daughter, received her mother's posthumous George Cross from King George VIth.
Date of Gazette 17 December 1946.
 
     
1939-1945 STAR
 
     
FRANCE AND GERMANY STAR
 
     
WAR MEDAL 1939-1945
 
     
CROIX DE GUERRE (1939-1945)
 
 
 
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