The polish born secret agent, Krystyna Skarbek was a heroine of World War 2. Using a false name she risked death on multiple occasions in support of Britain’s military intelligence and campaign. Ian Fleming openly stated that in his first James Bond book, (Casino Royale) the character Vesper Lynd, who was the iconic and original Bond girl, was inspired by Skarbek. Before her famous exploits she tried a role in politics but was turned down, and after tensions rose between nations and World War 2 was on the approach she registered for the British secret service. She was an ordinary person who underwent a transformation and began to do extraordinary things. When given the correct push and encouragement anyone can do extraordinary things especially if there is a conflict that requires it to happen. One single thing can’t drive everyone but I strongly believe that each and every person can find something that motivates them to go on and do great things. Using Krystyna as our example I will prove this. Of all the female agents who risked their own lives in Nazi-occupied Europe in the Second World War, Krystyna must surely be considered as the bravest of the brave. Krystyna’s mother was Jewish and was eventually and horribly killed during the holocaust ordered by Nazi Germany — a fact that would have made Krystyna’s repeated journeys under the noses of the Gestapo officers infinitely more dangerous and life threatening. Krystyna’s most legendary exploit came in the summer of 1944, in southern France, pending the Allied invasion. Francis Cammaerts (a French officer) had fallen into a trap and was awaiting execution. She located his cell, and was then able to fight off the guards and free him. The conflict that caused Krystyna’s transformation was World War Two. Often regarded as the bloodiest battle in human history this war lasted nearly 6 years and saw a massive loss of life on all sides. This is the most common example of good vs. evil; there wasn’t...
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