Nachlass Elisabeth Eidenbenz (1913-2011)
Private papers of Elisabeth Eidenbenz (1913-2011), a teacher, nurse, and aid worker for refugees in the camps of Argelès-sur-Mer, Saint Cyprien, and Rivesaltes, France and in other places. The collection consists of private personal documents, correspondence and photographs of Elisabeth Eidenbenz and her family; reports, press articles, correspondence, and photographs relating to activities of Elisabeth Eidenbenz to rescue children of Spanish Republicans, Jewish refugees and Romanies fleeing the Nazi invasion. Elisabeth Eidenbenz was a founder of the Mothers of Elne-a maternal hospital at Elne near Perpignan, France (also known as Maternitat d'Elna in Catalan, Maternidad de Elna in Spanish and Maternité Suisse d'Elne in French); she also worked with such rescue organization as the Swiss Working Community for Children of Spain (Ayuda Suiza, SAS) [Schweizerischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Spanienkinder], Swiss Working Community for Children Wounded in War (SAK) [Schweizerischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kriegsgeschädigte Kinder], and the Swiss Red Cross [Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz]. Elisabeth Eidenbenz was honored by Yad Vashem as a "Righteous among the Nations," was nominated as an honorary citizen of Elne, received a medal the "Medalla de oro de la Orden Civil de la Solidaridad" by the Spanish Government, and was appointed in 2017 in Vienna as a Knight of the French Legion of Honor (Legion d'Honneur). Her honors are documented in this collection.
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