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Teachers help young children [in what may be the Nos Petitis kindergarten.]

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    Teachers help young children [in what may be the Nos Petitis kindergarten.]
    Teachers help young children [in what may be the Nos Petitis kindergarten.]

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    Teachers help young children [in what may be the Nos Petitis kindergarten.]
    Date
    Circa 1942
    Locale
    Brussels, [Brabant] Belgium
    Variant Locale
    Brussel
    Bruxelles
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Jeanne Daman Scaglione

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Jeanne Daman Scaglione
    Source Record ID: Collections: 2007.14

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    Biography
    Jeanne Daman (later Scaglione) was a young Roman Catholic Belgian school teacher when the war began. After Jewish children were no longer permitted to attend regular public schools, Fela Perelman approached her and asked whether she would be willing to join the staff of Nos Petits, a Jewish kindergarten in Brussels. Jeanne was only 21 at he time. Not only did she respond positively, but she eventually became the headmistress of the school. When the deportation of Belgian Jews began in 1942, she helped find hiding places for 2,000 children. She also helped rescue many Jewish men by obtaining false papers for them. At the end of the war she became actively involved with the Belgian resistance transporting arms on her bike and providing intelligence for them. Immediately after the war she helped care for orphans, reunite families and raise funds for the United Jewish Appeal. She married University of California, Berekely professor Aldo Scaglione. She was honored for her work both by the king of Belgium and by Yad Vashem, who in 1971 recognized her as a Righteous Among the Nations.
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