Olga Staboli was born in Egypt, immigrated to Australia, worked her way into theatre business, performed in Athens just before World War II broke out, joined the Greek Resistance against the Nazis…and ended up spying for the British.
Her fascinating story is just now coming to light thanks to a book written by her Greek-born grandson, Phil Kaukalides, and published under the title “Someone Else’s War”.
“I’ve been flirting with the idea of writing this novel for years. It is based on real stories my grandmother, my mother and my aunts used to tell”, said Mr. Kaukalides and continued: “These are stories of my grandmother aiding the rescue of Allies soldiers, especially British and Australian pilots, during World War II; of her being trained by the British to become their spy and of separating from her family, who thought she was dead”.
Olga Staboli, the author’s grandmother on his mother side, was in Sydney in 1936. She was the mother of four children and had a husband. Then suddenly she mysteriously disappeared and was located again in Athens all by herself and penniless.
According to the Introduction of the novel, “In Athens she caught the attention of the British Foreign Affairs Ministry because of her acting skills and the fact that she could speak more than just one language, having been born in Alexandria of Egypt. Thus, she was fully trained to join the Greek Resistance against the Germans invaders of Greece”.