Dutch couple honoured by Israel
29 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — "I simply did my Christian duty," Cornelia Langendonk-Reurts explained years after the Second World War when declining to elaborate on her resistance work.
29 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — "I simply did my Christian duty," Cornelia Langendonk-Reurts explained years after the Second World War when declining to elaborate on her resistance work.
But her contribution to the fight against the Nazis was brought to the fore when she and her husband, Willem, were presented with the Yad Vashem award in the Dutch town of Bilthoven on Thursday.
The honour was granted by the State of Israel on behalf of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority for hiding a Jewish girl during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
The Langendonks took three-year-old Leidi into their Amsterdam home in 1942. They called her Ellie Langendonk and raised her as a niece who supposedly had an Indian mother and a father who was "in Japan".
Protected by the Langendonk family who were very active in the resistance, the girl survived the war.
Israel presents the Yad Vashem award to honour non-Jews who worked to save Jewish people from Nazi concentration camps and gas chambers during World War II.
Since 1953, the Yad Vashem institute has presented the award to 20,000 men and women — including 4,700 Dutch people.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news