The Flame of Resistance: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy
25 September 2022, 12.00pm£10.00
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American-born entertainer Josephine Baker is considered by many to be the first Black superstar. Prior to the Second World War, she was one of the most glamorous and highly paid female performers. But when the Nazis occupied her home city of Paris, she was banned from the stage.
Instead of returning to America, Josephine vowed to stay and fight. Overnight, she went from acclaimed artiste to Resistance spy.
In this talk, bestselling historian Damien Lewis will explore how she became a hero of three nations: the USA, the land of her birth; France, her adopted home; and Britain, the country from which she took her orders as one of its most closely guarded special agents.
Damien Lewis is a Sunday Times No 1 bestselling author. His books have been translated into 40 languages worldwide. For 20 years, he worked as a war correspondent, reporting from conflict zones across Africa, South America, the Middle East and the Far East, and winning numerous awards.
His previous publications include Churchill’s Secret Warriors, Hunting the Nazi Bomb, SAS Nazi Hunters, SAS Band of Brothers and SAS Great Escapes.