• Sisters in Resistance

  • How a German Spy, a Banker's Wife, and Mussolini's Daughter Outwitted the Nazis
  • By: Tilar J. Mazzeo
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Sisters in Resistance

By: Tilar J. Mazzeo
Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
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Publisher's Summary

In a tale as twisted as any spy thriller, discover how three women delivered critical evidence of Axis war crimes to Allied forces during World War II: “Mazzeo is a fascinating storyteller” (New York Journal of Books).

In 1944, news of secret diaries kept by Italy's Foreign Minister, Galeazzo Ciano, had permeated public consciousness. What wasn't reported, however, was how three women—a Fascist's daughter, a German spy, and an American socialite—risked their lives to ensure the diaries would reach the Allies, who would later use them as evidence against the Nazis at Nuremberg.

In 1944, Benito Mussolini's daughter, Edda, gave Hitler and her father an ultimatum: release her husband, Galeazzo Ciano, from prison, or risk her leaking her husband's journals to the press. To avoid the peril of exposing Nazi lies, Hitler and Mussolini hunted for the diaries for months, determined to destroy them.

Hilde Beetz, a German spy, was deployed to seduce Ciano to learn the diaries' location and take them from Edda. As the seducer became the seduced, Hilde converted to a double agent, joining forces with Edda to save Ciano from execution. When this failed, Edda fled to Switzerland with Hilde’s daring assistance to keep Ciano's final wish: to see the diaries published for use by the Allies. When American spymaster Allen Dulles learned of Edda's escape, he sent in socialite Frances De Chollet, an “accidental” spy, telling her to find Edda, gain her trust, and, crucially, hand the diaries over to the Americans. Together, they succeeded in preserving one of the most important documents of WWII.

Drawing from in‑depth research and first-person interviews with people who witnessed these events, Mazzeo gives listeners a riveting look into this little‑known moment in history and shows how, without Edda, Hilde, and Frances's involvement, certain convictions at Nuremberg would never have been possible.

©2022 Tilar J. Mazzeo (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

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Made me even more proud of my heritage

Just when I thought I had read every spy/suspense book about WWII, I came upon this gem. The 3 women went above and beyond to safeguard important documents, essential to the post war trial at Nuremberg. Lisa Flanagan does justice to Mazzeo's masterpiece. Once started, couldn't stop listening.....may even listen again! Congratulations for writing and telling a compulsive story of survival, love, and commitment to justice.

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Wowsa

This is an important and well told story.

I was not familiar with this subject/diaries prior to the book, but from my post understanding - it’s well researched.

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Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend. Sometimes spell bounding attention getting. Felt much authenticity throughout