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Caroline Ferriday And The Ravensbrück "Rabbits": A WWII Tale Of Heroism And Persistence

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The "Rabbits" in Warsaw, Poland (1958) prior to their trip to the United States.

During World War II the Nazis experimented on Polish women among others at Ravensbrück concentration camp outside of Berlin. After the war, socialite and Connecticut resident Caroline Ferriday helped bring dozens of these women to the U.S. for medical treatment. 

This hour, we learn more about Ferriday from author Martha Hall Kelly, who wrote Lilac Girls. The novel is based on Ferriday and the women who were known as “rabbits." Ferriday's home is now a Connecticut landmark in the town of Bethlehem.

We also discuss an upcoming film about the Polish women at Ravensbrück and their fellow inmates who came together to save them.

And later — did you know as a registered voter in Connecticut, your party affiliation, address and birthdate are publicly available? We’ll learn more about efforts to protect voters' information.

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on July 13, 2017.

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