About the Author
Professor Hanna Diamond
Hanna Diamond is professor of French in the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University. She put this website together while she was lecturing at the University of Bath who provided the funding for it. She has always been passionate about this period of history and has published widely on the period.
As well as publishing two books, she has also been involved in a number of related media projects which deal with her research.
With BBC Television – ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
.November 2014: worked on the series with Jane Seymour and spoke about the escape of her aunt from Paris in June 1940. Screened in August 2015. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0670jy5
• April 2011: worked on the series with JK Rowling to discuss a relative who was in Paris during the Second World War. Click to watch the video
• October 2012: provided extensive background for episode featuring Patrick Stewart whose father was involved in the battles in Abbeville in May 1940 and who was traumatised by his experiences of seeing the suffering of civilians at this time.
• April 2012: interviewed for comment on the death of Resistance hero Raymond Aubrac in April 2012. Click to read the article
With the BBC World Service
• The Why Factor: interviewed talking about the ‘femmes tondues’, the women whose heads were shaved during and after the Liberation of France because they were suspected of sleeping with German soldiers. Click to hear the programme
With Unity Productions formerly Gardner productions (Maryland, USA)
• Onscreen interview and consultancy for Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story. See http://www.enemyofthereich.com/about-the-film/
With Gibson Group productions (New Zealand)
• Nancy Wake, the White Mouse – an SOE agent who was dropped into occupied France. Diamond provided on-screen interview and expert insight into the situation for women in France at this time. http://www.gibson.co.nz/screen-projects/nancy-wake