The Holocaust (1934-1945)

Dutch schoolteacher who saved hundreds of Jewish children during Holocaust dies at 107

Former Dutch politician Johan van Hulst

An inspector from the Dutch education ministry arrived at Johan van Hulst’s teacher training institute in Amsterdam on the morning of June 19, 1943. He noticed youngsters and, with SS soldiers standing nearby, asked, “Are those Jewish children?”

“You don't really expect me to answer that, do you?” Van Hulst replied.

The garden of Van Hulst's Reformed Teachers’ Training College bordered the garden of a Jewish nursery. Under Van Hulst's supervision, hundreds of Jewish infants and children had been passed across the hedge and hidden in his school. As Van Hulst recalled, the inspector shook his hand and said, quietly, “In God's name, be careful.”

Van Hulst, who was...

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