“The White Mouse,” WWII heroine and spy, dies at 98

SYDNEY, (Reuters Life!) – Nancy Wake, a much-decorated  World War Two spy and Resistance heroine known as “The White  Mouse” for her ability to remain undetected, and who at one  point was the Gestapo’s most wanted person, has died in London  at the age of 98.

Born in New Zealand, Wake moved to Australia as a toddler,  where she was raised. After a brief stint as a nurse, she worked  as a journalist in Europe and married a French businessman,  Henri Fiocca, in 1939.

Trapped in France when the Nazis invaded, the dark-haired  Wake soon became a Resistance courier and later a saboteur and  spy. Betrayed, she escaped to London, but her husband was  tortured and killed by the Gestapo.

She later parachuted back into France and became a liaison  between London and local Resistance groups.

“In my opinion, the only good German was a dead German, and  the deader, the better,” she said in an interview in her later  years.
“I’m only sorry I didn’t kill more.”

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