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Violette Szabo

Photo: Ian S.

Sculptor: Karen Newman (b.1951)

Materials: Bust: Bronze; plinth: polished granite

Unveiled: 2009

Violette Szabo

Violette Szabo (1921-1945), British/French undercover agent, Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII. The SOE was a covert operation, known as ‘Churchill’s Secret Army’, which operated behind enemy lines. Szabo was captured on her second mission to France and shot at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp, she was 24 years’ old. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1946, the French Croix de Guerre a year later and in 1973 the Médaille de la Résistance. The memorial consists of a bronze portrait bust on polished granite plinth. Bronze plaques on the front and back of the plinth commemorate the 407 SOE agents who worked on sabotage missions with the French Resistance.

Location: In front of Lambeth Palace, Albert Embankment, South Bank, London SE1.