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Her code name was Rainer and she had a gun she called Oscar. Not yet 20, she aimed her weapon at a Nazi officer and shot him to death on a Paris bridge on a Sunday afternoon. That deed on July 23, 1944, was Madeleine Riffaud’s summons to Parisians to rise up. “Everyone saw that a young girl on a bicycle can do this,” she recalled in an interview with The Associated Press.

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