Mona Leonhardt Foster (née Parsons) died in Wolfville (b. 1901). She grew up in Wolfville and was educated at the Acadia Ladies’ Seminary and later in Boston, where she became an actress for a brief time. She trained as a nurse, but soon married a Dutch businessman, Willem Leonhardt, and moved to Holland. After the German invasion of Holland in May 1940, she and her husband became members of an informal resistance network in the Netherlands from 1940 to 1941. She was arrested at her home on September 29, 1941 — the only Canadian female civilian to be imprisoned by the Nazis for helping downed Allied airmen escape. She was tried by a Nazi military tribunal, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death by firing squad. However, her sentence was appealed and was commuted to life with hard labour. She escaped in March 1945 as Allied forces bombed the prison camp, walking for three weeks across northern Germany and back to Holland. She was able to meet up with Canadian troops — ironically, the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. She returned to Nova Scotia in 1956. (Photo: Wolfville native Mona Parsons. From Mona Parsons: From Privilege to Prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe (2000) by Andria Hill. Wikipedia Creative Commons.)