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Aurore! The Mystery of the Martyred Child

Aurore! The Mystery of the Martyred Child

This site includes a complete collection of historical documents and images related to a famous case of child abuse in Quebec. Aurore Gagon died on February 12, 1920 in a quiet village. The young girl, only ten years old, had been beaten, whipped and burned. Who could have done this? How, in such a small village where everyone knew everyone else's business, could such a thing not be noticed? Not until they were faced with a corpse. And why does this tragic case still haunt the collective memory of the Québécois? Visitors can look at the collection of archival materials and develop their critical thinking skills by analyzing the evidence provided. Students are encouraged to come up with their own interpretations of primary documents, rather than relying on other people’s analyses. Educators have access to a Teachers' Guide and experts’ interpretations of the mystery. The site is available in English and French.


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