Karski The Man Who Tried to Stop the Holocaust
Irena Sendler - She put the names of Jewish children that she rescued in a jar in a garden.
Julius Zubli, Dutch Physician and Honored Rescuer -Continued
She was a girl of 12 in Amsterdam and when she witnessed one of her father's courageous actions to save the Jewish family living in the apartment above theirs. When the Gestapo came to take the family to a concentration camp, her father lied, saying that one of the boys had scarlet fever and was quarantined for six weeks. As a member of the Dutch underground, Zubli later arranged for the family members to hide on a Dutch farm.
It was one of the sons of that rescued family, a man now in his 70s, who came from Israel for the ceremony to tearfully tell his story and bear witness to Zubliís actions.
Zubli himself was later sent to a German concentration camp for giving medical aid to an underground leader. However, it was the quick reaction of her mother that saved her fatherís life immediately after his arrest, Julda said.
"I remember that day so well," she said. Her mother dressed up beautifully to impress the German police and hurried to police headquarters to retrieve the patient notebook her husband always carried with him.
The Gestapo suspiciously checked the book a number of times, reluctant to give it back to her. She insisted the book was needed by the replacement doctor to continue treatments for Dr. Zubliís patients.
"It was a good thing she got it back," said Rudolph Joon. The book contained code names of people in the Dutch Underground, plus details of escape routes throughout Europe.
"If the Gestapo had learned that, he would have been killed," Joon said.
The reunion of family members for the occasion took place amid great security at the Israeli Embassy due to Prime Minister Ariel Sharonís visit.
"It was the very day he had to go back to Israel because of the suicide bombing," said Rudolph.
Although he wasnít Jewish, Julda said her father was a "humanist" who would have helped anyone.
The Joon family has
donated the doctorís concentration camp striped uniform and identification
bracelet to the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
© 2007 - Terese Pencak Schwartz