Biography Prof. Gabriel Florence

Gabriel Florence was born on 21 June 1886 in Alsace. He was a professor of biochemistry and medicinal chemistry at the University of Lyon and a Nobel Prize nominator. On 4 March 1944, Florence was arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned in the Montluc prison near Lyon, from where he was transferred to the Neuengamme concentration camp on 7 June 1944. Because he spoke German fluently, he worked as an interpreter at the camp. In late July 1944, the SS assigned him to the sickbay. After the arrival of the 20 children, his task was to keep their patient records and analyse samples in the lab. Gabriel Florence tried to kill off the TB bacteria by boiling the suspension before the children were injected with it. He was murdered on Bullenhuser Damm on 20 April 1945.

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Iris Groschek, Kristina Vagt
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