Or I will just tell you about her. Ginette Marie Catherine Dior was born August 2, 1917 in Normandy, France, in the midst of the chaos of WWI. She was the baby of five children, including her brother, Christian Dior, who was 12 years older.
In 1941, while shopping in Cannes, Catherine met the love of her life, Hervé Georges Papillault des Charbonneries. He was married, but he and his wife, Lucie, had an open marriage. It was love at first sight and he lived most of the rest of his life with Catherine. He was also a resistance fighter in a Franco-Polish intelligence network called la famille and later, F2.
Joining the French Resistance would end up defining the legacy of Catherine Dior. Working as a secretary for French military exiles in London, Catherine kept well under cover for most of the war. That luck ended on July 6, 1944. Intercepted on a trip to Paris, she was taken by Gestapo and sent on the last train to Germany’s infamous Ravensbrück camp. She was beaten and tortured but never talked.
She was liberated near death in 1945, where she was hospitalized for several medical conditions and for PTSD.
In 1947, she became the inspiration for Dior’s most famous and best selling (to this day) perfume, Miss Dior. She became a florist, and a successful female business owner.
For her service and bravery she was awarded the Croix de Guerre, Combat Volunteers Cross of Resistance, Combatants Cross, Medal for Courage in the Pursuit of Freedom, and the Legion d’honneur.
In 1952 she testified at a military tribunal against 14 of her former Nazi captors.
Her work as a spy complete, she lived a long life with Hervé, dying in 2008 at the age of 91. #catherinedior #missdior #freedomfighter #spyagainstthenazis