FC: Female Spies By: Nicole Breece
1: November 7, 1911 This was the day I was born. I was born in Paris, France and then I later moved to London. I am fluent in English, German, and French. This helped me get through life and being in different countries. I think this could help me finding a career involving people. This scrapbook is about my life and the things I encountered. ~Yolande Beekman
2: 1940 Today I joined the Women's Auxiliary AirForce. I am beginning to work as a wireless operator, and I love it! I will be sending radio transmissions over long distances and operating a radio transmitter. I will be working with many talented women and we will try to make an impact of the war. The men didn't necessarily like us at first, but once they realized that we were good at what we do they began to like us. ~ Yolande Beekman | This here is one of my friends working on some equipment. She is one of the Women's Auxiliary AirForce members. The news clipping is about the WAAF and how they needed new members.
3: February 15, 1943 Today was an exciting day! I became part of the Special Operations Executive! I will be now spying on the enemy and trying to pick up their radio transmissions. I hope I will not get caught, because if I do, well I won't be coming back. I have heard terrible things about spies who have been caught, and I pray I won't be one of them. Even though there are serious consequences, I am proud to be a part of the war effort! Oh, and I will now be referred to as Mariette. ~Yolande Beekman (Mariette) | This is one of my friendds from the SOE working on a plane
4: 1943 Today, I married the man of my dreams! Jaap Beekman, Sergeant of the Dutch Army. He is the best man I have met, and I plan on being with him as long as possible. The only problem is, I will be separated from him because of my new job in the SOE. I will be away from him for several months, and he will be gone for his job as a sergeant. If one of us dies on the job, I don't know what we will do? Hopefully, we won't face this problem ~Yolande Beekman | This is my husband who was a part of the Dutch Army
5: September 18, 1943 Tonight, I dropped into France to start my work as a spy. I'm nervous but I am also on an adrenaline high. It won't be long until my nerves kick in. I will be working as a radio operator and finally becoming a part of the War effort. I will start my job of intercepting radio transmissions soon. I also will be in charge of distributing materials dropped by our allied planes. I will be working with Gustav Bieler and I am happy to work with him. I'm not sure how long I will be actually working, hopefully until the end of the war. ~Yolande Beekman | On the left is my partner Gustav Bieler and on the right is one of my friends working as a radio operator.
6: January 13, 1944 Today was a terrible day! I was captured by the Gestapo. While meeting in a cafe my partner Gustav Bieler and I, were captured and sent to Saint-Quentin, the Gestapo headquarters. We were tortured repeatedly, but we refused to tell them what we know. I was very nervous, because I didn't know what they were going to do to us, but as for now I am still alive, but I will continue to refuse to give information. I am upset that I was caught so soon. I was captured because I made the stupid mistake of sending the transmissions from the same location, wave length, and time everday for three days. If I don't write again, that means I have been killed by the Gestapo. ~Yolande Beekman
7: This is Fresnes Prison, the prison I was transferred to before I was transferred to Karlsruhe. | January-May 1944 I have been transferred to Fresnes Prison in Paris. I have been under some very harsh conditions. I am still interrogated, and I still refuse to say anything. I don't like it here, the conditions are horrible and I am lonesome. I hope to leave here soon, but I don't know what these guards will do with me. I guess for now I will continue to refuse to give information, and see what becomes of me. ~ Yolande Beekman
8: May 1944 Today I have moved Karlsruhe prison. I was separated from my partner Gustav, and now I am at an all women's prison. I have been interrogated several times and I have been tortured. The conditions here are brutal, luckily I am sharing a cell with some other women now and it's not as bad. I draw and embroider in my free time and try not to focus on what's going on. Obviously I lived through the torture at the Gestapo headquarters, hopefully I will live through this! ~Yolande Beekman | This is Noor Inayat Khan, one of the people I met during my work as a SOE agent. This article was about spies being charged for espionage.
9: September 10, 1944 Today, I was transferred to Dachau. I believe this is my last transfer, and I don't know how much longer I will be alive. I am growing much, much weaker. The people around me are like skeletons and they frighten me. I feel so bad for them and I pray that is not what will happen to me. I haven't been here long, and I already hate it. I'm not sure how much longer I will last, so this may be my last entry. ~Yolande Beekman | These were some of the people I encountered on my first day at Dachau. This article was about people being killed by hanging.
10: September 11, 1944 Today I have heard that they will be killing me and four other SOE agents. I'm scared because I don't know how they will kill us, I hope it is a quick death instead of a slow painful death. I hear that they just shoot us in the back of the head and then cremate us. I hope this is true. I am very upset that my life will end so short, but I feel like I have served my country well and made a statement about women involved in the war. All I want is for my name to be remembered and for people to know that I as well as several other women served for our country just as much as men. I'm sad to say that this is my last entry. It's been a good life. Good by for the last time. ~ Yolande Beekman | This is a picture of me grown up before I was killed.
11: The medal is the Croix de Guerre was for people who served in world war II on the allied forces. The center picture is a photo of my good friend Julia Child, and on the right is an SOE memorial in which my name is listed on the "Roll of Honour." | ARTIFACTS
12: Works Cited "AP :: Images :: Home :: Editorial." AP :: Images :: Home. Web. 07 May 2010.
13: Cook, Bernard. "Yolande Beekman." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2010. Web. 9 May 2010.