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Cloth sheet with three unused Star of David badges owned by a Catholic rescuer

Object | Accession Number: 2007.14.3

Unused set of Star of David badges owned by Jeanne Daman who rescued and provided false identities for hundreds of Jews in German occupied Belgium from 1941-1945. Twenty-two year old Jeanne was a Roman Catholic school teacher asked by Fela Perelman to teach in a Jewish elementary school established when Jews were no longer allowed to attend Belgian public schools. Jeanne's family was anti-Fascist and as Jeanne saw more and more of her students suddenly go missing or become orphaned when their parents were deported, she became increasingly involved in rescue efforts. She travelled all over the country finding hiding places, first primarily for children, then also for adults. She assisted Belgian and Jewish resistance efforts by transporting weapons on her bicycle and gathering information on collaborators. She rescued over 2000 children, and many adults and was honored for her work by Yad Vashem and the government of Belgium.

Date
1942-1944  (received)
Geography
received : Brussels (Belgium)
Classification
Identifying Artifacts
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Aldo Scaglione
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:09:42
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