Podcast recommendation: Secrets and Spies: The Untold Story of Edith Cavell

November 4, 2019 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism, podcasting, writing.

Edith Cavell was a British nurse working in German-occupied Belgium in 1915 when she formed an escape network for British and allied soldiers who found themselves behind enemy lines.

She helped hundreds of soldiers and put herself in great danger in the process. German authorities realized what was happening, and Cavell was arrested, tried for espionage, convicted, and soon thereafter was placed in front of a firing squad.

Her execution was condemned throughout the world and was cited by the British government as evidence of German brutality and the moral justness of the war it was waging. The British denied vehemently that she was spying, saying that she was simply trying to save lives in any way that she could.

But the spying charge has never been proven or disproven until now. Former Director General of MI5, Stella Rimington, investigates the secret history of Britain’s greatest heroine of the First World War:

For the first time ever, she uncovers startling new evidence that Cavell’s secret escape organisation was not just involved in helping allied soldiers as we’ve always been led to believe, but was also actively engaged in espionage. Source: BBC Radio 4 – Secrets and Spies: The Untold Story of Edith Cavell

This is an excellent single-episode, 30-minute podcast from the BBC.

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