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A Mighty Girl...Josephine Baker

September 25, 2015

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Josephine Baker is often remembered as a trailblazing singer, actress, and dancer of the Jazz Age but few people know that during World War II she supported the Allied cause by working as a spy for the French Resistance. By the start of the war, Baker had already been living in France for many years; she had become a French citizen in 1937 after marrying Jewish Frenchman Jean Lion. Throughout the war, she maintained a busy performance schedule in many of Europe's wartime cities which provided an excellent cover for her covert activities.

Baker served as a sub-lieutenant in the Women’s Auxiliary of the Free French Air Force and helped spy for the French government by gathering information at high society events held at embassies. Her fame gave her the unusual ability to visit neutral nations during the war so she assisted the French Resistance by smuggling secrets written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She helped other intelligence agents secure travel visas by including them as part of her performance entourage. Baker also helped many people in danger from the Nazis get visas to leave occupied France. Toward the war's end, she performed for liberated prisoners at Buchenwald who were too weak to move.

For her service to France during the war, Baker was awarded the Croix de guerre and the Medal of the French Resistance with Rosette. She was also made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur -- the country's highest decoration -- by General Charles de Gaulle. When Baker passed away in 1975, she became the first American-born woman to receive full French military honors at her funeral.

To introduce young readers to Josephine Baker's fascinating life story, we recommend "Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker" for ages 7 to 10 (, "Jazz Age Josephine” for ages 4 to 8 (, and the recently released "The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy" for ages 12 and up (

Adults interested in learning more about her remarkable story may enjoy "Josephine: The Hungry Heart" and ( and "Josephine Baker in Art and Life" ( -- as well as the excellent film "The Josephine Baker Story" (

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