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Élise Rivet (January 19, 1890, Drariamarker, Algeriamarker – March 30, 1945, Ravensbrück concentration camp, Germanymarker) was a Roman Catholic and World War II heroine.

The daughter of a Frenchmarker naval officer, she joined the convent of the medical sisters of "Notre Dame de Compassion" in Lyonmarker. In 1933 she became "Mère Marie Élisabeth de l'Eucharistie", the convent's Mother Superior. After the fall of the French Third Republic to Nazi Germany in World War II, she began hiding refugees from the Gestapomarker and eventually used her convent to store weapons and ammunition for the Mouvements Unis de Résistance (MUR).

On March 24, 1944 she and her assistant were arrested by the Gestapo and taken to the prison at Fort Montluc in Lyon. From there she was taken to Romainville before being shipped to Ravensbrückmarker concentration camp near Berlinmarker, Germanymarker. There, stripped of her religious garments, she was forced into hard labor. With the end of the War in sight, the Germans began a massive amount of killings by gas chamber, including Mother Élise, on March 30, 1945, only weeks before the war ended.

In 1961, the government of France honored her with her portrait on a postage stamp and a street bearing her name in Brignaismarker (Lyon) was inaugurated on December 2, 1979. In 1997, she was posthumously awarded the Médaille des Justes and in 1999 the "Salle Élise Rivet" was named for her at the Institut des Sciences de l'Homme in Lyonmarker.


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