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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


An Heiress Turned Rescuer

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Calendar   Workshops
Location Facebook Live
Date Wed, Mar 8, 8:30am - 9:00am
Duration   30m

She was a multimillionaire at age 11, but as she got older wanted no part of life as a socialite. Living in Vienna as the Nazis seized control, American Muriel Gardiner used her money, connections, and quick thinking to save lives. She lied to border agents, smuggled fake papers in her corset, provided safe haven for Jewish friends and strangers, and had her own close call with the Gestapo. Later, from America, Muriel poured her heart and resources into helping Austrian refugees—though her husband got most of the credit. As the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum commemorates Women’s History Month, learn about Muriel's secret life.

Dr. Lindsay MacNeill, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Watch live at You do not need a Facebook account to view USHMM's program. After the live broadcast, the recording will be available to watch on demand on the USHMM’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

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