Virginia D’Albert Lake
Légion d'Honneur, C de G, Liberation Medal of Freedom, Maltese Cross
American citizen in the French Resistance in the Comete circuit
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Virginia D'Albert Lake was eductated at St Petersburg High School and Rollins College. She went to France in 1936 where she married Philippe d'Albert Lake. Virginia and her husband became involved with the resistance circuit Comete in 1943. During her time in the resistance she organized the transport of about 60 allied airmen to areas under Allied control. Virginia was arrested in 1944 by German policemen during one of her escape operations. At the time of her arrest, she had in her possession a list of all the people in the region that were involved with the resistance, which she destroyed by tearing it up and swallowing it. She was interrogated by the Gestapo in Châteaudun, Chartres and Paris, and, finally, imprisoned in Fresnes. She was deported to Ravensbrück in July 1944. Once Ravensbrück was liberated, she returned to France and settled in Brittany.
“The women who cried at night were usually dead in the morning.”
This quote by Virginia D’Albert Lake comes from her memories of incarceration in prisons and concentration camps.