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  • Virginia D'Albert-Lake (1910 - 1997)
    Virginia d'Albert-Lake was notable for her work as a member of the anti-Nazi French Resistance during World War II. AN AMERICAN HEROINE Médaille du roi Léopold II (Belgium) Croi...
  • Marie Louise Antelme (1919 - 1945)
    1944 - Déportée au camp de concentration de Ravensbrück 1945 - Mort de Marie-Louise Antelme à l'arrivée du transport en avion qui la ramenait de Ravensbrück
  • Geneviève de Gaulle-Anthonioz (1920 - 2002)
    Résistante dès juin 1940, elle multiplie les actions de renseignement et d’information, notamment au sein du réseau « Défense de la France ». Arrê...
  • Émilie Tillion (1876 - 1945)
    Émilie Tillion , née le 20 février 1876 à Talizat (Cantal) et morte le 2 mars 1945 au camp de Ravensbrück, est un écrivain et une résistante franç...
  • Germaine Tillion (1907 - 2008)
    Germaine Tillion était une résistante et une ethnologue française. Distinctions Grand-croix de la Légion d'honneur (décret du 13 juillet 1999) Grand-croix de ...

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Ravensbrück was a notorious women's concentration camp during World War II, located in northern Germany, 90 km north of Berlin at a site near the village of Ravensbrück (part of Fürstenberg/Havel).

Construction of the camp began in November 1938 by SS leader Heinrich Himmler and was unusual in that it was a camp primarily for women. The camp opened in May 1939. In the spring of 1941, the SS authorities established a small men's camp adjacent to the main camp.

Between 1939 and 1945, over 130,000 female prisoners passed through the Ravensbrück camp system, around 40 000 were Polish and 26,000 were Jewish. Between 15,000 and 32,000 of the total survived. Although the inmates came from every country in German-occupied Europe, the largest single national group incarcerated in the camp consisted of Polish women.

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