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Gabrielle Weidner (August 17, 1914, Brussels, BelgiummarkerFebruary 17, 1945, Königsbergmarker, Germanymarker) was a heroine of World War II.

The child of Dutchmarker parents, she grew up in Collonges, Francemarker in the Ainmarker département, near the Swissmarker border where her father served as the minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was sent to secondary school in Londonmarker and as a result of her background, spoke several languages.

A devoutly religious girl, she was living and doing church work in Parismarker at the outbreak of World War II. With the ensuing Germanmarker occupation of France, Weidner fled to the south with her brother, Johan Hendrik Weidner. Following the June 22 1940 signing of the agreement with the Nazis to create Vichy France, she returned to Paris while her brother went to Lyonmarker where he established the "Dutch-Paris" underground.

In Paris, she worked for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and secretly with her brother and other volunteers to help people escape from the Nazis. As one of the significant contributors to French Resistance, their efforts would be responsible for the rescue of at least 1,000 persons, including 800 Jews and more than 100 downed Allied airmen. However, on February 26 1944 the Gestapomarker arrested her along with 140 other members of the escape network. She was interrogated and tortured in Fresnes prisonmarker in Paris, then shipped in a railway cattle car to the Ravensbrück concentration campmarker in Germanymarker.

At Ravensbrück she was kept in horrific conditions, subjected to beatings, and used as slave labor. On February 17, 1945, Gabrielle Weidner died of malnutrition in a Ravensbrück sub camp a few days after being liberated by Sovietmarker troops.

In Orry-la-Villemarker in the Oisemarker département of France, she is recorded on a plaque dedicated to the Dutch line resistors.

Sources

A significant part of this article is sourced from the book Flee the Captor by Ford.

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