History & Heritage: Lynne Olson
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 4:30pm
Lynne Olson, Award-Winning Writer and Journalist
Speaking on her book, Last Hope Island
Lynne Olson writes a groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler. When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations — Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia, and Poland — who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self- appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to the occupied countries as ‘Last Hope Island’.