My history hero: Krystyna Skarbek

Children’s author and poet Sir Michael Morpurgo chooses Krystyna Skarbek as his history hero

Krystyna Skarbeck, also called Christine Granville

This article was first published in the May 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

Born in Poland, Krystyna Skarbek – also known as Christine Granville – was an agent for Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE), which conducted espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance operations in Nazi-occupied Europe. Celebrated for her daring wartime exploits, she was stabbed to death by a spurned admirer in London in 1952, aged just 44.

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