Literacy Holocaust Storyboard

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  • The War is over!!! Long live the church!!
  • Gabrielle Weidner was born on August 17, 1914 in Brussels, Belgium as the second of 4 children, born to Dutch parents. She and her family pretended to be Jewish. Her father was a minister in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. At 16 years old Gabrielle was baptized at the Church.
  • She went to a secondary school in London, England. From 1933–39, Gabrielle started participating more in the Church, where she eventually became the secretary at the headquarters of the church at the French-Belgian Union in Paris. Her father served as a pastor in Collonges, France, near the Swiss border
  • France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939 which was 2 days after Germany invaded Poland. German forces invaded France in May 1940, Gabrielle was alarmed and fled to the south.
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  • After the truce, Gabrielle returned to Paris and continued working for the church.  Her student travels in Western Europe and knowledge of foreign languages was very helpful in her work.
  • On Saturday, February 26, 1944, the Gestapo arrested her at church services at 10:00 AM. The “Dutch-Paris” was a network that helped Dutch Jews and political refugees. Gabrielle was implicated by a fellow member out of 140 others who were tortured. On August 24, Gabrielle was deported from the Fresnes prison in Paris to the Ravensbrück camp in Germany.
  • Unfortunately, on February 17, 1945, Gabrielle died of malnutrition in Koenigsberg a few days later after being liberated by Soviet troops
  • You're free!!!
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