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.
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