Violette Morris

Violette Morris

French athlete, German spy
Date of Birth: 18.04.1893
Country: France

Content:
  1. Biography of Violette Morris
  2. A Remarkable Athlete
  3. A Unique Lifestyle
  4. A Controversial Figure
  5. A Spy and Tragic End

Biography of Violette Morris

Violette Morris was a French athlete and German spy. She was born in 1893 in Paris, France, to Baron Pierre Jacques Morris and his wife Elisabeth Marie Antoinette. Morris spent her youth in the L'Assomption de Huy monastery. In the late summer of 1914, she got married, but the marriage was only a facade as Morris never hid her homosexuality. The marriage ended in 1923.

Violette Morris

A Remarkable Athlete

Violette Morris was an incredibly strong and talented athlete. Despite her average physical stature of 166 cm and 68 kg, she excelled in a wide range of sports disciplines. She competed in shot put, running, football, tennis, cycling, horseback riding, archery, and Greco-Roman wrestling. She was even selected to represent France in the national water polo team, which at the time did not have a separate women's team. In 1923, Morris became the national boxing champion, often defeating male opponents.

Violette Morris

A Unique Lifestyle

Morris led an unconventional lifestyle that challenged societal norms. She smoked two packs of cigarettes a day, openly declared her lesbian identity, and behaved provocatively or amorally according to the prevailing standards of decency. Her ex-lover, Raoul Paoli, exposed intimate details of Morris' personal life after their breakup. Notably, just before their separation, Morris underwent breast reduction surgery because her ample feminine curves hindered her comfort in racing car cockpits, and she was an avid and successful racecar driver. In 1927, she achieved the seemingly impossible feat of winning the 24-hour "Bol d'Or" race.

Violette Morris

A Controversial Figure

Despite her athletic achievements, Morris faced discrimination due to her unorthodox persona. Her slogan, "Anything a man can do, Violette can do too!", worked against her. Consequently, she was expelled from almost all women's sports associations. In 1928, she was denied the opportunity to participate in the Olympics due to her perceived immorality. During that period, Morris worked in a shop that sold racing car parts, actively participating in the design of those vehicles.

Violette Morris

A Spy and Tragic End

By 1935, Morris's activities had taken another direction when she was recruited as a spy by secret agents from Nazi Germany. She became a valuable asset, excelling in all her assignments. Her espionage career included transmitting defense plans of one of France's main frontiers and acquiring and smuggling strategic blueprints like the design of a new French tank. During World War II, her focus shifted to sabotaging French Resistance operations. Morris's actions earned her the nickname "Hyène de la Gestapo" (Gestapo Hyena). She was sentenced to death in absentia.

Violette Morris

On April 26, 1944, Morris's car was stopped by members of the French Resistance on a country road, and she was executed. Her body was allegedly not claimed by her relatives, and she was buried in a communal grave. The life and activities of Violette Morris, especially her involvement in espionage, remain a subject of debate among historians and biographers.

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