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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Death of a Hero

A great and righteous man was lost today. Jaap Penraat, a Dutch architect, saved over 400 Jews during the Holocaust by forging papers for jews to use for passage. He was caught, and sent to prison, where he was tortured. Even so, upon his release, he continued in his unbelievable work, disguising Jews as construction workers in order to smuggle them to safety - obviously risking his own life all along the way.

When asked why, he answered:
"You do these things because in your mind there is no other way of doing it," he told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2000.
May his memory be blessed.

More here and here.


Blogger and so it shall be... said...

I just read the NY Times obit. He was a true hero. i'm glad you wrote about him here!!!

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a whole lotta Dutch did anything so here's one we can be proud of.

3:48 AM  

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