A Guest of the Reich

A Guest of the Reich

The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape From Nazi Germany

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Gertrude "Gertie" Legendre was a society heiress from South Carolina who lived a charmed life during the 1920s and 1930s. But the attack on Pearl Harbor gave her a different focus and she joined the OSS (the predecessor to the CIA). First in Washington and then in London, some of the most closely-held government secrets passed through her hands. As the Allies advanced into France in September 1944, she was ordered to Paris. Headstrong and eager "to smell the fighting," she fell into Nazi hands. Subjected to repeated interrogations, including by the SS, she held to the fiction that she was merely a U.S. embassy clerk. Her toughness averted a potential intelligence disaster, and unlike most prisoners, Gertie was presumed valuable to Nazis who knew they'd soon need a bargaining chip with the victors. Moved from city to city throughout Germany for six months before her dramatic escape into Switzerland, she was able to witness the collapse of Hitler's Reich as no other American did.
A Guest of the Reich provides a propulsive, heart-racing account of a little-known chapter in the story of the war, and a vivid portrait of a truly extraordinary woman.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524747336
1524747335
Branch Call Number: 940.5472 LEGENDRE
Characteristics: viii, 240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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