Helene, a Daughter of Charity, organized an escape system for over two thousand French soldiers held by the Germans during World War II. She also smuggled them personally in the truck she used to deliver food and supplies to the prisoners. Interrogated by the Gestapo, she never betrayed her collaborators. When it became too dangerous to continue her efforts, she escaped to Lyons, where she served refugees. Later, she joined the Underground and helped General Henri Giraud escape. He awarded her the Legion of Honor.
Beaudoin, Martha D.C.
"Notable Daughters of Charity (1): Sister Helene,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 10:
1, Article 5.
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