La liberté souffre violence

TitleLa liberté souffre violence
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1981
AuthorsMiribel, Elisabeth de
Number of Pages259

Elisabeth de Miribel joined the Forces français libres and was in fact charged with typing Charles de Gaulle’s famous London speech of June 18, 1940. She became a war correspondent and covered the fighting in North Africa and Italy, and finally the Liberation of Paris.

Translated TitleLiberty Suffers Violence
Reprint Edition1982, 1983, 1989, 2010
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Élisabeth de Miribel came from a family of strong Catholic tradition. At the beginning of World War II, she volunteered to help the French Foreign Ministry with its ”economic war,” and was sent to London. After the French armistice with Germany, she decided not to return to France. In London, she was asked to type Charles de Gaulle’s celebrated June 18, 1940 speech asking the French people to resist, and subsequently became his personal secretary. In 1942, she was sent to Quebec to rally Canadians to the French cause and raise funds. Then she became a war correspondent, covering the actions in Italy and then North Africa. In 1944, she met the General Leclerc and informed him of her desire to be embedded with the Second Armored Division. It was through this assignment that she covered the Liberation of Paris for the press.

After the war, she spent five years in a Carmelite convent, eventually having to leave for health reasons. Then she became a diplomat, serving in Morocco, Chili, Austria, and finished her career as Consul General of France in Florence, Italy.

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