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Plaque of Vera Atkins shared with her brother, Guy, where it is written:  »Vera May Atkins, CBE. Legion d’honneur – Croix de Guerre. 15th June 1908-24th June 2000 ».

    Vera Atkins (b. Galati, Romania, 1908 – d. 2000, Hastings, UK) was a Romanian-born British intelligence officer who worked in the France section of the Special Operation Executive (SOE) from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. Born as Vera Maria (May) Rosenberg in a wealthy family of Jewish origins, she studied and was trained in Paris (Sorbonne), Lausanne, and London. In 1937, she emigrated to the UK and applied for British nationality. She was trained by the Canadian spymaster Sir William Stephenson of British Security Coordination, who also sent her on fact-finding missions across Europe. She recruited 37 women SOE agents who worked undercover in WWII. After the end of the conflict, she went to work for UNESCO’s Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges, as office manager (from 1948) and director (from 1952). Vera Atkins retired in 1961 and died in 2000.

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