Anna Marly and the French Resistance
Her maiden name was Betulinskaya, and it is pleasant to think of the root as "betula" or "birch tree" (as in Betula pendula Roth), Russia's famous tree (in Russian, "beryozka") which gives its name to all sorts of goods, and in Soviet days, to the Western-hard-currrency (valyuta)-only shops that Russians so longed to enter, full of goods they could only dream of but not possibly buy.
Anna Marly, with her resonant pseudonym (Marly-le-roi) puts one in mind of other loyal French who turn out to have been Russian-born heroes of the French Resistance. Among them these two: Boris Vilde, of the staff at the Musee de l'Homme at Trocadero, and the poet Mother Mariya (Mat' Mariya, or Mother Maria Skobstova, nee Elizabeta Kuzmina-Karavaeva), the first executed in Paris by the Germans along with other members of the Musee de l'Homme reseau, on the spot in Paris, the second put to death at Ravensbrueck.
Posted on 12/15/2006 8:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald