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Europe’s Underground Railroad: Rescuers and Rescuees in the Dutch–Paris Escape Network with Megan Koreman

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St San Francisco, CA, 94115 US (map)
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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

From 1942 to 1944, the 330 men and women in the Dutch–Paris escape line rescued fifteen hundred Jews by hiding them in Belgium and France. They took another fifteen hundred Jews, resisters, and downed Allied airmen to safety in Switzerland and Spain and served as a courier service for resistance groups. They had little in common except for courage, a determination to rescue the persecuted, and enough ingenuity to figure out how to forge documents, smuggle people over borders, and pay for it all. Some of the line’s most active members were themselves Jews who ignored their own safety in order to help others.

Megan Koreman earned her doctorate in history at UC Berkeley. She has been fascinated by the Resistance since she was a little girl and first heard the stories about her aunt and uncle’s wartime illegal work in Maastricht. She is the author of The Escape Line: How the Ordinary Heroes of Dutch-Paris Resisted the Nazi Occupation of Western Europe.

Co-presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center.

Later Event: October 4
Film Class: Noodle