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Belgian Righteous Among the Nations who saved Jewish children during the Holocaust dies at the age of 100

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Andrée Geulen assisted in the rescue of almost 1,000 Jewish children during the Holocaust, risking her own safety to do so.

She was honored in 1989 by Yad Vashem with the title of Righteous Among the Nations, and in 2007, was granted honorary Israeli citizenship in a ceremony in Jerusalem. Upon accepting the honorific, she said, “What I did was merely my duty. Disobeying the laws of the time was just the normal thing to do.”

 

A Belgian Righteous Among the Nations who saved more than 1000 Jewish children during the Holocaust died at the age of 100.

A young schoolteacher in a Brussels school Gatti de Gamont and a member of the Belgian Resistance during WWII, Andrée Geulen-Herscovici, alerted Jewish families to a roundup at the boarding school one night during the Pentecost vacation of 1943.

Geulen warned Jewish students not to go return to the school before going undercover for more than two years, providing them with false identities and stealing them away to hideouts in Christian homes and monasteries, returning occasionally to check on their welfare.

She then joined the “Childhood” section of the CDJ (Committee for the Defense of Jews) resistance network and plunged into the underground alongside eleven other women.

She assisted in the rescue of almost 1,000 Jewish children during the Holocaust, risking her own safety to do so.

Andrée Geulen-Herscovici personally took more than 300 children into a foster family, where they were able to reside under false identities. The network made it possible for some 3,000 Jewish children to disappear from German radar.

Most of the parents of the children Geulen saved were murdered during the Holocaust.

After the war, Andrée Geulen-Herscovici went back to school to become a social worker did her best to return many of the children to their families.

She kept coded records of each child’s original name and their places of shelter to enable those who still had family remaining to reunite with them.

Geulen was honored in 1989 by Yad Vashem with the title of Righteous Among the Nations, and in 2007, was granted honorary Israeli citizenship in a ceremony in Jerusalem. Upon accepting the honorific, she said, “What I did was merely my duty. Disobeying the laws of the time was just the normal thing to do.”

Israel’s Ambassador to Belgium Emmanuel Nahshon said:“She was a true hero of humanity, and we will carry her memory forever. She was an amazing and wonderful woman who saved many Jews during World War ll.”

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