The Foreign Service Journal - March 2014 - page 24

MARCH 2014
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Susan Brady Maitra, Managing Editor
Diplomat and World War II Heroine
The life of
Constance Ray Harvey
(1904-1997) sounds at times
like something from the movie “Casablanca.” During World War II,
after tours in Milan and Bern, she was stationed in Lyon, where she
worked with the Belgian and French Resistance movements. She
smuggled documents to the U.S. military attaché in Switzerland,
General Barnwell R. Legge, who helped arrange the escape of many
interned U.S. fliers. In November 1942, Harvey was interned along
with other American diplomats when the Nazis took control of
Vichy France. After the war she received the Medal of Freedom for
her courageous efforts
by Dr. Milton Colvin and
Ann Miller Morin in 1988.
was vice consul in Lyon under the Vichy government. I went
there on New Year’s Day of 1941. I still had an apartment in
Bern, but I rented it to the British military attaché. I went back to
Bern rather frequently. I had a car and I sometimes drove back
and forth. …
[General Barnwell R. Legge] was in Switzerland all during the
war. Years later, when I was back in Washington after the war was
over, I learned, not from him, but from somebody quite different,
that he sent the best information our government got during the
whole of the war about what was going on on the eastern front.
Legge had people all over Europe, a network of people, and I
became one of his people.
We had a very good arrangement. The pouch went through
Geneva and Vichy, and then back through Lyon to Bern, and
then on the way across Spain to Portugal and on to Washington.
When the pouch came back from Vichy to Switzerland, I was
the last person in Lyon to buckle up this big bag. I put into it
whatever I thought was suitable. Not even my chief knew all that
went into that bag. But I knew it went straight to Legge and was
one of the quickest and surest ways of communicating with our
government in Washington.
I knew a lot about the Belgian situation. One of my clerks
had been for many years the economic adviser to the American
embassy in Brussels, and when Belgium was occupied, he was
transferred to Lyon.
We had a lovely time getting out prominent people, practi-
cally all of the Belgian government in exile. When we got out
the man who was the former Belgian military attaché in Vichy,
with a nice passport under a false name to go across Spain, we
thought we’d done quite a good job.
These were all, of course, Belgian passports which had been
fixed up, usually arranged by Jacques Lagrange and his wife.
Jacques was the Belgian clerk who created these works of art
at home with the proper photographs and descriptions, which
were quite imaginative. It looked right and official. And all of
these people went out with nice Belgian passports issued by the
kindly protecting power, and signed by C.R. Harvey.
We had a lovely time getting
out prominent people,
practically all of the Belgian
government in exile.
–Constance Ray Harvey
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