Nancy Wake was a highly decorated woman who worked with the French Resistance in WWII. The Gestapo called her the white mouse because every time they thought they had her cornered, she managed to escape. She tried twice to enter Australian politics but wasn't successful and she eventually returned to England forever.
Nancy was born in New Zealand and the family moved to Sydney in 1914 when she was two years old, the youngest of six children. Her father must have been a cruel man, he sold the family home and returned to New Zealand forever. This left his wife and six children with nowhere to live as they were evicted from their home after it was sold. All we know about her mother is that she was a strict, religious woman who was left to bring up six children on her own.
Nancy ran away from home when she was 16 and worked as a nurse and later as a journalist in London and ended up in Paris. When she saw the contempt and cruelty of the Germans towards Jews, gypsies and blacks on the streets of Paris, she decided to do something about it. "The stormtroopers had tied the Jewish people up to massive wheels. They were rolling the wheels along, and the storm troopers were whipping the Jews. I stood there and thought, 'I don't know what I'll do about it, but if I can do anything one day, I'll do it.' And I always had that picture in my mind, all through the war."