Today's Woman from Women's History comes from a story I stumbled across many years ago when I briefly studied fashion design. It's proof that you never know where you will find true bravery.
Catherine Dior, sister to one of the most famous fashion designers in the world Christian Dior, (1917–2008) was a member of the Polish intelligence unit based in France during World War II. In July 1944 she was arrested and tortured to give up names of her fellow fighters which she never did. She saved many lives by this feat. And as such was deported to the Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. She was freed in 1945. She eventually testified in a trial of fourteen people responsible for the office of the Gestapo in Paris. She also publicly distanced herself from her niece Françoise Dior after the niece married Colin Jordan, a Neo-Nazi leader.
Her awards included the Croix de Guerre, the Combatant Volunteer Cross of the Resistance, the Combatant Cross, the King's Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom (from Britain), and being named a chevalière of the Légion d'Honneur.
It's good to remember these women in light of what is happening. Since apparently some Nazis did not learn the lesson in the first place being reminded how many millions of women are ready to smack their asses down again is rather important.
I am rather loathe to link to the Daily Mail but they actually do have a pretty good article about her here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/We-salute-Miss-Dior-story-sist…