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February 11, 2021 36 min

Ayla, a young Jewish woman, walked for miles in the middle of the night through mountainous regions with snowdrifts and freezing temperatures toward the German front.

Nearing the front with its watchful snipers, Ayla would leave her African commando escort behind and continue on alone.  

Pretending to be a nurse searching for her soldier boyfriend, Ayla put her life at seemingly unsurmountable risk, but she crossed into German territory many times providing crucial information to the Free French Army regarding enemy troop strongholds and movements.

Episodes include war-related content that some listeners may find disturbing and/or traumatizing.

Episode Details

Shadow Projections
Podcast Episode #04
Created by: Diane Greig
Produced by: Robert Ouimet
Runs: 36:23


Host and Writer: Diane Greig
Ayla: Nicola Lipman
Casting Director: Eileen Barrett
Producer: Robert Ouimet
Sound engineer: Scott Whittaker
Archival audio: Divide and Conquer, Don’t be a Sucker, from the Prelinger Archive, used under Creative Commons and/or public domain.

Show Notes

  • Gendered cultural assumptions
  • Projected stereotypic beliefs about women in espionage persist today
  • About projection
  • Discovering my own personal shadow
  • Ayla’s story
  • Escaping to Marseille
  • Basic training and then the Alsatian front
  • From the front lines to undercover reconnaissance work
  • Relying on instinct and having a sixth sense about danger
  • Links and Resources

    Free France
    Army of Africa (France)
    Vichy France article in Smithsonian magazine
    Marseille – First Capital of the Resistance
    Antigone – Anouilh play
    LA Times: The Agony of ‘Antigone’ : Anouilh’s Heroine Symbolized Nazi Resistance, Its Validity Holds
    Rodenhurt, Nigel. 2012 (downloadable PDF). Dis/Simulation as Post-Traumatic Symptom and Literary Strategy in Jewish-American Fiction
    Shadow and Projection
    Marie Louise Von Franz on the “Shadow.”
    Carl Jung and “You see, our whole mental life, our consciousness, began with projections.”
    Jung and the Trumpian Shadow
    Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche
    Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature

    All Episodes in this Series

    Episode 8: Heroine’s Journey

    Episode 7: Embodiment

    Episode 6: Madonnas

    Episode 5: Sisterhood

    Episode 4: Shadow Projections

    Episode 3: Propaganda

    Episode 2: Spy Craft

    Episode 1: Service Zero


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