Élise Rivet was the Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion”, where she not only hid refugees from the gestapo, but also used the convent to stash some weapons & ammunition for the resistance.  She was eventually caught in March of 1944 & sentenced to hard labor at Ravensbrück concentration camp.  About a year later, Élise was murdered along with thousands of others just weeks before the war ended. She volunteered to go into the gas chamber in the place of a mother.

Élise Rivet was Mother Superior at the convent of “Notre Dame de Compassion”…

London During The Blitz - East Enders made homeless. Photo Fred Ramage

London During The Blitz: East Londoners are made homeless during German air raids on London. (Photo by Fred Ramage/Keystone/Getty Images).

George Rodger  GB. London. World War II. The Blitz. "Nippies" (Lyons teashop waitresses) remove protective shutters from windows in early morning. 1940.

'Nippies' (Lyons tea shop waitresses) remove protective shutters from windows in early morning, 1940

Helen Fowler and Cpl. Christopher Morrison of the 48th Canadian Highlanders stand amid the ruins of a bombed-out St. Bartholomew’s to be wedded - UK - 1941

Love during WarTime. these determined Brit's are getting married in the bombed out St Bartholomew’s Church in the London Borough of Newham during the Blitz, circa 1941

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