Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

Nazi leader’s sister hid Jews near Brussels

November 5, 2012 11:54

Hanna Nadel recalls how she and 2 other Jews were saved during Holocaust by the sister of a Belgian Nazi leader.

Nazi poster by Dieter Kalenbach

Nazi poster by Dieter Kalenbach 370. (photo credit:Reuters)

The sister of a Belgian Nazi leader hid three Jews in her home near Brussels during the Holocaust, according to one of the survivors.

Hanna Nadel, now 86, said she, her mother and her niece were rescued by M. Cornet, the sister of Leon Degrelle, who as leader of the Belgian Nazi Rexen movement was responsible for deporting Jews to their deaths during the German occupation of Belgium.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Nadel's account, related to the historian Jan Maes, appeared earlier this week in the Belgian-Jewish monthly Joods Actueel.

The three, having escaped deportation orders, wandered with their suitcases around the town of Sint-Genesius Rode, where they happened upon a help wanted sign on Cornet’s door. The mother rang the doorbell and Cornet, without asking many questions, hired the mother as cook and Nadel and her niece to work as chambermaids.

Cornet knew the three women were Jewish and promised them they would survive. Visitors associated with the Flemish Nazi movement would routinely dine at the house; the three Jewish women would hide in the basement. 

Nadel’s mother sometimes would cook gefilte fish, which the lady of the house advertised to her guests as “oriental fish," Nadel recalled.

Nadel immigrated to Israel after the war. Degrelle left for Spain, where he died of old age in 1994, escaping the death sentences that his Nazi associates received back home.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

  • Holocaust
  • Nazis
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Joan Rivers
    August 28, 2014
    Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery


    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 34
      Beer Sheva
      15 - 27
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 16 - 28
      15 - 26
    • 21 - 32
      18 - 32