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Mona Parsons: From Privilege to Prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe

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Mona Parsons was the only female Canadian civilian to be imprisoned by the Nazis in Occupied Holland. The story describes how Parsons, raised in rural Nova Scotia and trained as an actor, then a nurse, came to be involved in the nascent Dutch resistance in World War Two. Interrogated by the Gestapo, then sentenced to death by a Nazi military court, Parsons ultimately serve ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published August 16th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 30th 2002)
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Mona Louise Parsons was 2018 Honouree on Nova Scotia Heritage Day, February 19, 2018. I had never heard of her before, and was keen to know her story.
Andria Hill-Lehr has included pictures, a map, copies of certificates and letters, and several pages of Sources in her book MONA PARSONS : From Privilege to Prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe.

"Andria Hill-Lehr has done a fine job of reconstructing the life of this remarkable Canadian....The book reads like a novel at times."
- (Canadian Milit
Mike Velemirovich
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good book that tells the story of a brave and resiliant woman and also the story of how the author tracked down elusive details about Mona Parsons.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read non-fiction all that often, but couldn’t resist a book about this intriguing woman from the town I grew up in. This book was incredibly well researched, and it is evident in the writing and the details.

My grandmother read this book, then my dad read it within 2 days (and he isn’t one to read for pleasure but he couldn’t put it down!) and they passed it along to me. It was interesting seeing old pictures of places I know, including the last house in which Mona lived; only a few hous
Donna Burtwistle-Popplewell
Such an intriguing heroine who has largely remained absent from Canada's identity. Parsons was a true marvel and deserving to be upheld as a heroine of the second world war. ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The story of Mona Parsons is an intriguing and amazing one. She was a Nova Scotian who lived in Holland during WWII and who helped hide Allied airmen, but was betrayed by someone in their network. She spent four years in a Nazi prison as a result. It is her brave and hazardous escape that shows how great her strength and abilities, despite her frail health. Mona's life was not without tragedy even after the war. This story is well worth a read.
A personal note: I learned that a young doctor who a
Kate O'rourke
Jul 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Fascinating story, and the writer has promise, but the book would have benefited from better editing. There were some interesting images included, but often printed so small that it wasn't easy to see the details. Kudos to the author for capturing a Nova Scotian story that as far as I know hasn't gotten much coverage elsewhere. ...more
Anne Gafiuk
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the story of Mona Parsons to be gripping. I would like to see it turned into a novel, exploring more of her experiences during WWII.
Paula Daniels
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing biography of a Canadian WWII hero. well researched and touching tribute
Ronan O'Driscoll
Excellent local history blended with world events. Very well written. The author brought Mona's unique personality to life. ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Ian McKinley
This biography - of a brave Canadian woman who paid a grave price for assisting allied airmen shot down over occupied Holland during WWII - was mostly interesting. I could have done with fewer of the author's trials and tribulations about finding information on Mona Parsons, including some melodramatic accounts of feeling Mona's presence in the garden, wafts of perfume in the air, yada, yada, yada. That said, the research into who this person was, how she lived her life, what she did in becoming ...more
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