'The Lady Was a Spy' set for Aug. 8 at Lewes Public Library

Female operatives in World War II subject of talk
July 18, 2013

Dr. Linda De Roche, a former Fulbright Scholar and professor in the English Department at Wesley College, will present a riveting talk, "The Lady Was a Spy: Female Operatives in World War II," at 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Lewes Public Library. De Roche lectures on unconventional women for the Delaware Humanities Forum Speakers Bureau.

Throughout World War II, a group of fearless and committed patriots risked their lives to achieve victory in Europe. They were the women of Britain’s Special Operations Executive and the United States Office of Strategic Services. De Roche will bring alive women such as Virginia Hall, considered America’s greatest female spy, and Christine Granville, Churchill’s favorite spy, who were crucial to the war effort, yet whose stories as well as others' have only recently been revealed.

“The Lady Was a Spy” focuses on the lives and experiences of these brave women, many of whom died completing their missions, to highlight their unconventional contributions to victory in World War II.

This program is sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum and also by the Friends of Lewes Public Library. For more information about this and other library programs, call 302-645-2733 or visit