Date: Monday 27th Nov 10:30
Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)
Subject: Young Women of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) in WW2
Lecturer: Brian Nicholls

As you are all interested in history, I thought that instead of reproducing the general information that I posted on the website, I would write a rather more personal note for this introduction.
It is coincidence that I am presenting this subject in the Month of commemoration. The many events that take place in November of each year, very rarely, if ever, refer to the men and women who risked, and often lost, their lives in clandestine activity. This is because every nation clouds such activity behind a veil of secrecy. On rare occasions, political or strategic expediency also takes precedence over the loss of life.
I would not wish for anyone to regard this talk in any way, as anti-German. That is certainly not my intention. This subject should now be regarded as modern history which attempts, through further research, to clarify any misconceptions about what is still a controversial subject.
In the 1950’s, Television was in its infancy so newspapers actually tried to present news. For many people, entertainment was the pub, social club, dance hall, reading or going to the cinema. Not much was known about the details surrounding the activities of the Special Operations Executive {SOE} and, even less about the young women who were recruited and sent on highly dangerous operations into occupied France.
Very slowly, as sparse detail was revealed about these brave young women, especially the 13 who did not survive, the film makers, and fiction authors of the period, decided to tap into this alleged graphic mix of young women, semi naked and brutally tortured. As the facts were not known at that time, they decided to make up anything that they thought would sell the films and books. Unfortunately, so convincingly were these films made, that far too many people automatically believed that, what they saw on the silver screen, was an historically accurate, portrayal.
I will objectively present what is now known about this subject.

Brian Nicholls
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Free Art and History lectures are given in Moraira on every second and last Monday of the month (excepting July and August). All lectures are fully illustrated.

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Your group co-leaders,
Brian Nicholls and Cheda Panajotovic