Dutch Christian couple honored for exceptional Holocaust-era bravery

By JTA
August 21, 2015 19:19

Dutch Christian Zionists who died as a result of their unrelenting efforts to save Jews from the Holocaust were recognized by Israel as Righteous among the Nations.

A medal attesting to the distinction, conferred by the Jewish state through the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, will be given on Aug. 24 by Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Haim Divon, to Maya Schipper - a granddaughter of Johanna Engelberta Schipper-Kuiper and her husband, Klaas Abe Schipper.

Also present at the ceremony in Oosthuizen will be Meijer van der Sluis and Samuel Segal - two of the dozens of Jews saved because of the actions of the couple and members of their underground network.

From 1943 to 1945, the Schippers, a pastor and his wife from Schardam near Amsterdam, endured between them a total of at least four house searches by German Nazis and Nazi collaborators. In one search, they managed to avoid capture by hiding several Jews in secret hideouts in their home and in adjacent buildings. One of them, Ruth Lilienthal, concealed herself in a closet as Nazi troops searched for her. She passed away in 2001.


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