In this episode, you’ll meet Jennis, a young American woman who grew up in Middle America.
She chose to challenge the conventions of the 1940s by holding a sit-in to protest her university’s policy of not allowing women to study Japanese. WW 2 was underway and she wanted to help the war effort in a way that would maximise her contributions. She won her fight and learned Japanese.
After being vetted, she was recruited and trained by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to become an espionage agent in India, Burma and Ceylon.
Episodes include war-related content that some listeners may find disturbing and/or traumatizing. This content includes graphic references to sexual assault and suicide.
Links and Resources
A Largely Indian Victory in World War II, Mostly Forgotten in India (NY Times article, pay wall)
Strategic Operations Executive in India
Secret Agents, Secret Armies: The Short Happy Life of the OSS
The Burma Campaign
The Bizarre Ways America’s First Spy Agency Tried to Overthrow Hitler
The Women Whose Secret Work Helped Win World War II (NY Times article, pay wall)
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