World War II and Audrey Hepburn


Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer on the set of War and Peace




Audrey Hepburn, the lovely winsome movie actress of the 1950s and 1960s starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and War and Peace. She was just ten years old when the Nazis invaded Holland.


Audrey’s mother, a baroness, worked for the resistance. She enlisted 13-year-old Audrey to help. The chhid messages in the soles of her shoes and carried them across town to her tutor.

The Germans stripped Audrey’s mother of her assets in 1942. Food was scarce. Audrey and her brother ate endives and tulip bulbs. She watched Jewish children wearing their yellow armbands lined up at the train station for deportation to the death camps.

Just before the war ended, Audrey escaped a German work group and hid in a darkened cellar for three weeks with neither food nor water. Determined, she survived. She emigrated to America and became an actress. But never forgetting her childhood, she retired early and became an ambassador for UNICEF.

She said: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.'”

Thanks to Delancey Place, 5/22/17 and Wikipedia.


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