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Ordinary People as Heroes and Hidden Children: Leo Ullman and his rescuers in Nazi-Occupied Amsterdam
Of the approximate 145,000 Jews in Holland before WWII, an estimated 25,000 Jewish men, women and children went into hiding in the Netherlands, including 3-1/2-year-old Leo Ullmann. What motivated rescuers of all faiths to act with inherent goodness and courage despite the enormous risk? Among nearly 6,000 rescuers were Pieter Hoogenboom, a policeman in Utrecht, and his wife Evertje, and Hendrik Schimmel, a retired policeman in Amsterdam, and his wife, Jannigje. In the face of almost certain death, they helped provide hiding places, false identity papers and food, and enabled limited contacts among Ullmann family members in hiding in Amsterdam and elsewhere.

Apr 28, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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