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YEARS AGO?Marthe Cohn as a young woman in the 1940s. Photo: Marthe Cohn

YEARS AGO?: Marthe Cohn as a young woman in the 1940s. Photo: Marthe Cohn

Marthe Misses Nothing

The Lady was a Spy

?During World War II, Marthe Hoffnung was a French espionage agent in Nazi Germany, posing as Martha Ulrich, a 25-year-old ‘Fr?ulein’ whose cover story was that she needed to find her fianc? at the German front

???You should never accept to be kept under the boot of anybody; you have to fight back.?

Marthe Cohn

Marthe Cohn (nee Hoffnung), was crouching in a forest, dressed in a skirt and jacket, with white socks covering her silk stockings. She took a deep breath and grabbed her suitcase, taking leave of Georges Lemaire, the Swiss intelligence officer who had accompanied her to this spot on the Swiss-German border. Marthe began crawling through the underbrush toward the stretch of road patrolled by two German sentries. She waited until they met midway and reversed direction, so their backs were to her.

This was her cue. She was to pose as Martha Ulrich, a German nurse searching for her fianc?, but she was suddenly paralyzed by fear, overcome by the enormity of her mission, so she just lay there for more than two hours. Then she thought about a captain named Mollat, the French officer who had overseen her previous 14 missions to infiltrate enemy territory, all unsuccessful, and who had doubted her abilities.

She rose, pulling herself up to her full 4-foot-11 height, and walked to the road. ?Heil Hitler,? she greeted the sentry coming toward her, presenting her papers. ?Go on your way,? he said.

It was April 11, 1945, two days before Marthe?s 25th birthday.

Marthe Cohn was an unlikely World War II spy. At just 4 feet, 11 inches, Cohn was petite with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was also Jewish. Never hesitant to resist an unjust cause, especially during the Nazi reign in World War II, she courageously risked everything and contributed to the Allies? victory.

With her fair features and flawless German language skills, however, she was able to convince Nazi officers she posed no threat.

?I was now in Germany,? she said.

Cohn had no compass, map, radio or weapons, only clothes without labels and German money and vouchers.

?Everything I needed to know was in my memory,? she said with a smile. ?I have a pretty good memory.?

Now 96 years old, Cohn said she feels compelled to travel around the country to share her story with others. ?It?s important that people know that Jews fought,? she said. ?We were not just waiting to be arrested.?

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First claim: In an interview to be with CBS', Charles Cullen at first says he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering.

First claim: In an interview, Charles Cullen at first says he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering.

The Tainted Kidney

Charles Edmund Cullen (born February 22, 1960) is a former nurse who is the most prolific serial killer in New Jersey history and is suspected to be the most prolific serial killer in American history. He confessed to authorities that he killed up to 40 patients during the course of his 16-year nursing career. But in subsequent interviews with police, psychiatric professionals, and journalists Charles Graeber and Steve Kroft, it became clear that he had killed many more, whom he could not specifically remember by name, though he could often remember details of their case. Experts have estimated that Charles Cullen may ultimately be responsible for over 300 deaths, which would make him the most prolific serial killer in American history

Cullen, is serving eighteen consecutive life sentences in a New Jersey penitentiary. Behind bars, he can no longer take life, yet he?s found a way to give it?in the form of an organ transplant. But no one wants to give him the chance to play God again.

The Angel of Death looks sleepy. His face shows nothing. His eyes are closed. Charles Cullen sits motionless in the wooden defendant?s chair of the Somerset County Courthouse as, hour after hour, his victims? families take the stand. They read poems and show photographs, they weep and yell. If Cullen hears them, he doesn?t say; he never does. During his years in custody, Cullen has never apologized or made excuses. He has never issued a statement, offered a public word, never faced the families of his victims. In fact, the only reason he?s in court today is because he wants to give away one of his kidneys.

To that end, he has cut a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to appear at his sentencing on the condition that he be allowed to donate an organ to the dying relative of a former girlfriend. To many of the families of his victims, this deal is a personal insult?the man in shackles still calling the shots, the serial-killer nurse wanting to control the fate of yet another human life. But for the families of his New Jersey victims, this is the first and last chance to confront Charles Cullen. So they are here, and they are angry.

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Photo: Unknown Source. Susan Travers in North Africa. Travers was an Englishwoman and the only woman to serve officially with the French Foreign Legion.

Photo: Unknown Source.
Susan Travers in North Africa. Travers was an Englishwoman and the only woman to serve officially with the French Foreign Legion.

‘I Think Actually They Thought I was a Man’

She was the Mistress of a French General; she led 4,000 troops to safety; and she was the only Woman to join the Foreign Legion.

As a well-bred Englishwoman educated in the nuances of understatement, Susan Travers seemed unimpressed that she was the only woman ever to join the French Foreign Legion.?She had spent World War II as a volunteer driver with Free French legionnaires who were fighting in North Africa and Europe. But in the summer of 1945, she faced demobilization and did not relish the prospect.

”I shall leave all my friends — I shall go back and live with my family, and it will be dull,” she recalled telling the legion’s recruiting officer, who happened to be a friend. He promptly invited her to sign up and passed her an application form. ”I didn’t say I was a woman,” she said, although her nickname was ”La Miss.” ”I didn’t have to pass a medical. I put down that I was a warrant officer in logistics. That was all.”

Indeed, it was pretty straightforward in comparison with her life leading up to that moment. It seemed far more unusual that a free-spirited young woman who spent the 1930’s playing tennis and partying around Europe should end up in the early 1940’s on the front line of the North African campaign carrying on a clandestine love affair with a married man who happened to be the top French military commander in the region.

For this, too, though, Ms. Travers had a simple explanation. ”My family was very dull,” she said of her reason for socializing in Europe. ”England was very dull.” As for becoming a military driver in combat zones, she said, ”I wanted adventure. I wanted more action.” And her romance with Gen. Marie-Pierre Koenig, a man who became such a war hero that a Paris square carries his name? ”It was a relationship between a man and a woman,” she said.

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Face of the day

Nurse Hilary Helkenn Photo-Facebook

Nurse Hilary Helkenn
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Today’s face of the day is a true feminist not a liberal one and her name is?Hilary Helkenn.

Hilary is a nurse and when a liberal panel of feminists attacked nurse Kelley Johnson for wearing a stethoscope?as part of her uniform while taking part in a Beauty?Pageant, Hilary took to Facebook to defend her. It is sad that many liberal feminists feel free to mock women who take part in beauty pageants. Every single one of the liberal panelists was covered in makeup and botoxed within an inch of their lives. Where do they get off sitting in judgement when they obviously care so much about their own appearance?

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Photo Of The Day

Photo: Unknown Source: Violet Jessop in her Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform while assigned to HMHS Britannic.

Photo: Unknown Source: Violet Jessop in her Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform while assigned to HMHS Britannic.

?Miss Unsinkable?

Perhaps the most famous ?Titanic? crew woman was Miss Violet Jessop, a First class Stewardess. She was on board all three of the ?Olympic? class ships when accidents befell them. She was a Stewardess on the ?Olympic? during the collision with H. M. S. Hawke in 1911, also a Stewardess on ?Titanic? when she collided with an iceberg and subsequently foundered in 1912, and she was serving as a Nurse, (V.A.D) when the ?Britannic? struck a mine and sank in the Aegean in 1916.

Out of a crew of 885, the White Star Line employed just 23 women to work aboard ?Titanic?. With the exception of the Turkish Bath Attendant, Two woman Cashiers from the ? la carte restaurant, a masseuse and the Third class Matron, they were all stewardesses.

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Flora MacKenzie

Flora MacKenzie

Famous Flora’s Massage Parlour

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Photo by Rachel Beth Anderson/VICE News

Photo by Rachel Beth Anderson/VICE News

After Genital Cutting in Somalia

A Woman Chooses Reconstructive Surgery in America

The decision to undergo reconstructive surgery wasn’t easy for a Somali woman who describes the weeks following surgery as being ‘by far the hardest of my life.’

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Coco Chanel: 1883-1971; The French fashion designer Coco Chanel ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. Her elegantly casual designs inspired women of fashion to abandon the complicated, uncomfortable clothes - such as petticoats and corsets - that were prevalent in 19th century dress. Among her now-classic innovations were the Chanel suit, costume jewelry, and the little black dress.

Coco Chanel: 1883-1971; The French fashion designer Coco Chanel ruled over Parisian haute couture for almost six decades. Her elegantly casual designs inspired women of fashion to abandon the complicated, uncomfortable clothes – such as petticoats and corsets – that were prevalent in 19th century dress. Among her now-classic innovations were the Chanel suit, costume jewelry, and the little black dress.

Coco Chanel

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Sick: New evidence revealed that Savile abused the dead and stole their glass eyes and turned them into rings like these pictured on his hands. His victims were aged between five and 75

Sick: New evidence revealed that Savile abused the dead and stole their glass eyes and turned them into rings like these pictured on his hands. His victims were aged between five and 75

Savile’s?Trophies

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Whale Week What Was

QC7kkThe blog started Saturday by having a look at a number of Christchurch?people taking pictures up women’s skirts?at malls. ?And wouldn’t you know it? ?A teacher was arrested as well. ?Iain Lees-Galloway shows he is a slimy git by opening a Burger King and then refusing to take a bite, preferring to preach sensible food choices. ?Cam then called for nominations for Worst Political Journalist, and Barry Soper and John Campbell appeared hot favourites. ? Next we had a vote on Best Political Journalist, which Larry Williams took out with a massive 47% of the vote. ?Graham McCready withdrew?litigation?against John Banks because it made no sense to anyone – as in – they couldn’t understand what it said. ?Whale then claims a win on his Hekia Parata predictions and wonders why Key has let this train wreck happen. ?We raise our eyebrows about Nelson looking for a scooter riding bottom pincher and then watch a video of what happens to a pig at the bottom of the sea over 7 days. ?Next a post where Greens are fighting Greens over the Google solar plant. ?On the one side: solar energy. ?On the other? Turtles. ? Charles Krauthammer explains why gun control alone isn’t the solution to mass shootings. ? A MENSA spokesperson calls people with low IQs carrots and the BBC feels they have to apologise. ?There is a property for sale next to Kim Dotcom‘s place. ?Cam suggests the GCSB or the US should have bought it to set up spying operations. ? WOBH is calling for The Whale Army to send in their holiday snaps, in a new feature called Snapped! ?Cam takes a brief look at who will enter parliament if Tim Groser leaves for the WTO. ?To close the day, a?WhaleTech post looks at a the cull-de-sac that’s the QII roll-up keyboard. Read more »

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