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The Naked Heroine. From the French Resistance to the Folies Bergère

The new edition of John Izbicki's powerful story of Lydia Lova


Tuesday 25 November, 6.30-9pm

The Upstairs Bar, The French House

49 Dean Street, Soho
London W1D 5BG

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The fascinating story of Lydia Lova (née Lydia de Korczak Lipski, a daughter of a Polish prince) one of the most decorated women in France for her war-time resistance work, later a nude dancer at the Folies Bergère.

The author, then a journalist working in Paris, heard about Lydia dancing nude at the Folies and became fascinated by her story. He traces the life story of Lydia, born in Poland to a Count, who as a young girl in 1939 joined the French resistance network run by her father.
After eighteen months came betrayal and she and her father were arrested by the Gestapo. She was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Somehow this young girl organized her own resistance movement inside the camp and avoided the gas chamber.
For her services she was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d Honneur. The Naked Heroine is an exciting and moving story about one woman’s fight and love for her country.
John Izbicki is the author of his autobiography, Life Between the Lines, published to great critical acclaim. He worked as a journalist for the Telegraph for many years, including two stints in Paris, where he met Lydia Lova and had many scoops, including the first interview with Paul Getty.

The Naked Heroine. From the French Resistance to the Folies Bergère
By John Izbicki
Published by Umbria Press
Publishing date: October 2014
ISBN: 978-1910074046
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