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Woman who helped Jews during Holocaust dies at 91
03/02/2006
She and her husband sheltered Jews out of anger toward Germans who were taking over their native Netherlands.
A woman who helped Jews escape Nazis during the Holocaust and later was honored by Israel has died at 91, her family said. Johanna van Schagen, who had suffered a series of strokes, died Tuesday at Friendship Village in nearby Trotwood, where she lived. Van Schagen and her husband, Cornelius, moved to the United States from the Netherlands in 1956. She told the Dayton Daily News in 1994 that she and her husband sheltered Jews out of anger toward Germans who were taking over their native Netherlands. "We were afraid many times ... there were lots of raids and if they had found them in your home, you would be taken to concentration camps, too," she said. Israel honored the couple in 1987 and a tree along the Avenue of the Righteous in Jerusalem is named for Johanna van Schagen, the newspaper said. Her funeral was scheduled for Friday at Polk Grove United Church of Christ in Dayton, which sponsored the van Schagens when they moved to the United States, said Jacob van Schagen, a son. She is survived by four sons and a daughter.
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