Although I thanked the women interviewed in 2005 personally, I wish to acknowledge here my appreciation for their willingness to share detailed aspects of their WW 2 spy stories. I am grateful for the time we spent together. It was meaningful to me to hear elder women reflecting on the many choices they made throughout their lives including those during war time.
Also, there have been many women who, without reserve shared their WW 2 intelligence stories from the home fronts in Canada, the USA and the UK providing further insight into the cultural norms of the era and into a subject area that by its very nature is difficult to research. In addition, there were men who provided information from their careers in the fields of military defence and espionage about ‘running’ women spies. And, there were those individuals who from the beginning saw the importance of capturing these courageous women’s stories—some of whom introduced me to the women interviewed. They included authors, historians, university professors and archivists from Berkeley University (USA), Bletchley Park Museum (UK), Canadian Military, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Camp X Museum (Canada), Imperial War Museum (UK), MI5, MI6 and MI8 (UK), Smithsonian Institute (USA), Sophia University (USA), Special Operations Executive – SOE Archives (UK). I thank you all with special mentions to Dr. Rosemarie Anderson, Brigadier General Darrell Dean, Dr. Jay Dufrechou and Baroness Daphne Park.
Another crucial layer toward the completion of this long-term project relates to my psychotherapy clients who, through the years have entrusted me with their deepest feelings, thoughts, and desires toward helping them re-imagine their lives differently. They have taught me further about the subtle and invisible cultural lenses used every day to view our western world. And, they’ve shown me the capacity to revision their lives with the spontaneous, compensating and apolitical images which surface from the unconscious. This podcast addresses these crucial aspects through using espionage in wartime to magnify and deconstruct feminine cultural shadow. I wish to thank my clients, and also, the many colleagues/friends who readily participated in research discussions and to those who have agreed to be interviewed for future episodes.
In regard to this podcast production, I am thrilled with the Canadian women actors’ exhilarating delivery of the interview scripts. I’m thankful for Eileen Barrett’s perfect casting, Sara Bailey’s iconic artistry and Robert Ouimet’s encouragement and digital media expertise which has brought this project to life. And, I’m especially happy that my daughter, Emily Bett is participating in Invisible Women as the voice of Celine!