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Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens, one of the remarkable spies of World War II, died last week in France at the age of 98 .De Clarens stole one of the vital secrets of the war – Germany's plans to build and test the V-1 and V-2 rocket bombs at Peenemunde. De Clarens was a fluent German-speaker, and in 1943, she teased the first threads of information about the rocket program out of some German officers she had befriended in Paris as a translator.A boat evacuation was arranged from Brittany in the spring of 1944, but she was betrayed to the Germans on her way to the beach. She spent the last year of the war in three Nazi concentration camps, each harsher than the last. When she was finally rescued by the Swedish Red Cross, she was nearly dead of starvation and tuberculosis. She never revealed to the Germans a hint of the secrets she had stolen.The mystery of Jeannie's story for me was where her bravery came from.
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