Mona Parsons was the only female Canadian civilian to be imprisoned by
the Nazis in Occupied Holland.
The story describes how Parsons, raised in rural Nova Scotia and trained as an
actor, then a nurse, came to be involved in the nascent Dutch resistance in World
War Two. Interrogated by the Gestapo, then sentenced to death by a Nazi military
court, Parsons ultimately served three years at hard labour. An intense air attack
by the Allies in March 1945 was the backdrop for her dramatic escape, aided by a
young Dutch baroness. But freedom wasn't the end of her life's challenges.
Author and actor Andria Hill is a graduate of Acadia University's Theatre Studies
program. Co-founder of SarAndipity Theatre, she co-wrote The Bitterest Time, a
play based on Parsons' life, and prepared a documentary on Parsons for History
Television's The Canadians. Originally from Toronto, she now lives in Wolfville,
Mona Parsons Sentenced to Death
An unlikely war hero, Mona Parsons was sentenced to
a Nazi prison camp for helping dozens of downed
Allied airmen escape (courtesy Andria Hill).