Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Elizabeth Eidenbenz, born in Zurich (Switzerland), June 12, 1913, was a teacher and nurse and founder of the Mothers of Elne (also known as Maternitat d'Elna in Catalan, Maternidad de Elna in Spanish and Maternité Suisse d'Elne in French). Between 1939 and 1944 she saved some 600 children, mostly the children of Spanish Republicans, Jewish refugees and gypsies fleeing the Nazi invasion. Elisbeth was a young teacher from Switzerland, teaching in Switzerland and Denmark until she decided to join the Asociación de Ayuda a los Niños en Guerra ("Association to Aid Children in War"). After the fall of the Spanish Republic many Republican exiles sought refuge in France, including the Roussillon which is part of the called Northern Catalonia. Many died of malnutrition, disease and other afflictions. Many pregnant woman were destined to lose their unborn children, or worse, die in childbirth. Elisabeth had arrived in Madrid on April 24, 1937 as a volunteer as part of an aid team but had relocated to the South of France. Appalled by the situation of mothers and children amongst the refugees.
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