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Teenage Audrey Hepburn Helped Dutch Resistance During WWII Nazi Occupation

hepburn as a teenager volunteered for the dutch resistance movement during world war ii

Belgian-born actress Audrey Hepburn at a hotel in Rome, Italy on Jan. 8, 1960. (Jim Pringle/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 April 2019 04:47 PM

Legendary actress Audrey Hepburn volunteered for the Dutch Resistance movement during World War II after the Germans invaded, according to a new book.

The New York Post reported on Robert Matzen's "Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II" and included details about the young Hepburn's actions to help the Netherlands while it was occupied by Hitler's Nazi military.

Among the revelations was that Hepburn, at age 15, would dance ballet at invitation-only parties that raised money for the resistance movement. The parties were so secret that guards were posted outside keeping watch for the Germans, the windows were blacked out, and no one clapped for Hepburn's performances.

"Guards were posted outside to let us know when Germans approached," Hepburn said years later, according to the book. "The best audiences I ever had made not a single sound at the end of my performance."

Hepburn, who died in 1993, also helped deliver Oranjekrant, a resistance newspaper, to the locals.

"I stuffed them in my woolen socks in my wooden shoes, got on my bike and delivered them," she said.

Hepburn was born in Belgium but lived in England before she and her mother moved to the Netherlands. Her English-speaking skills were utilized by the resistance as well, as she helped Allied pilots who had been shot down and even had one live with her and her mother in secret.

In a 2015 biography written by Hepburn's son Luca Dotti, it was revealed that she weighed just 88 pounds as a teenager during the war because food was so scarce in the German-occupied Netherlands.

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