ADL honors Dutch resistance fighter Jaap Penraat

May 6, 2010 02:22


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Jaap Penraat, a Dutch resistance fighter who saved more than 400 Jews during the Holocaust by forging fake documents and guiding them to safety, has been honored posthumously by the Anti-Defamation League for his heroism.

The ADL Courage to Care Award, which honors rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust era, was presented to Jaap’s daughter, Noëlle Penraat, during a ceremony at the League’s National Leadership Conference in Washington Wednesday.

“Jaap Penraat was a person of moral courage and conscience,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman – a Holocaust survivor who was saved by his Polish Catholic nanny – in presenting the award. “He had more than enough reason to stay silent, but instead stood up to say ‘No.’ In an action that required nerves of steel, he presented phony paperwork and safely transported more than 400 Jewish ‘slave laborers’ to France, securing their freedom. His bravery and selflessness merit our recognition and our eternal thanks.”

After the war, Penraat became a noted architect and industrial designer in Amsterdam, before moving to the US in 1958. He passed away in 2006.

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