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Why This Book Matters:
A Woman of No Importance discusses how a female spy in the days of Nazi Germany effectively did her job and avoided the Gestapo.
The Big Takeaways:
- Virginia Hall was extremely independent and had no desire to marry.
- If Hall decided to venture to Paris in 1925 to grow her unique abilities and was determined to succeed.
- Hall went after diplomacy after learning French and studying in Vienna even though she was involved in a horrible accident.
- She accidentally shot herself in the foot, which surgeons in Turkey had to amputate. Virginia was determined to continue with her career.
- Virginia met an agent from Britain during her time in Spain.
- Bellows offered Virginia an SOE position to spy on the Germans, which she accepted and returned to France to begin her new career in 1941.
- She settled in Lyon, the best base for carrying out her operations.
- Her first associates were nuns that allowed her to stay in their nunnery, and she continued to grow her network.
- Virginia climbed over a mountain to escape German forces.
- While the trek was difficult and caused Virginia a lot of pain, she managed to escape to Spain.