Simone Weil Lipman was a 20 year-old teacher when Germany invaded her native France in 1940. Soon after the occupation, she was recruited by the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (Children’s Aid Society OSE) to help provide badly needed aid to the hundreds of Jewish children interned with their families in the Rivesaltes camp. In 1942, as the deportations from France to the Auschwitz killing center began, Simone worked feverishly to smuggle as many of the remaining children as possible out of Rivesaltes and into OSE homes. When the Nazis intensified their search for Jews in 1943, the homes were disbanded. Facing the possible consequence of death, she worked underground to place children with Catholic clergy and foster parents. Following the liberation of France, Weil reopened an OSE home and began searching for Jewish children who had been placed into hiding during the war. Weil came to the United States in 1946, went on to earn a Master’s degree in social work and continued a lifelong career in that field. She lives with her husband in North Carolina.