Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis

Paperback | May 2, 2010

bySuzanne Vromen

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In the terrifying summer of 1942 in Belgium, when the Nazis began the brutal roundup of Jewish families, parents searched desperately for safe haven for their children. As Suzanne Vromen reveals in Hidden Children of the Holocaust , these children found sanctuary with other families andschools--but especially in Roman Catholic convents and orphanages.Vromen has interviewed not only those who were hidden as children, but also the Christian women who rescued them, and the nuns who gave the children shelter, all of whose voices are heard in this powerfully moving book. Indeed, here are numerous first-hand memoirs of life in a wartime convent--thesecrecy, the humor, the admiration, the anger, the deprivation, the cruelty, and the kindness--all with the backdrop of the terror of the Nazi occupation. We read the stories of the women of the Resistance who risked their lives in placing Jewish children in the care of the Church, and of theMothers Superior and nuns who sheltered these children and hid their identity from the authorities. Perhaps most riveting are the stories told by the children themselves--abruptly separated from distraught parents and given new names, the children were brought to the convents with a sense ofurgency, sometimes under the cover of darkness. They were plunged into a new life, different from anything they had ever known, and expected to adapt seamlessly. Vromen shows that some adapted so well that they converted to Catholicism, at times to fit in amid the daily prayers and rituals, butoften because the Church appealed to them. Vromen also examines their lives after the war, how they faced the devastating loss of parents to the Holocaust, struggled to regain their identities and sought to memorialize those who saved them.

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In the terrifying summer of 1942 in Belgium, when the Nazis began the brutal roundup of Jewish families, parents searched desperately for safe haven for their children. As Suzanne Vromen reveals in Hidden Children of the Holocaust , these children found sanctuary with other families andschools--but especially in Roman Catholic convents...

Suzanne Vromen is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Bard College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:May 2, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Children2. The Nuns3. The Escorts and the Resistance4. Memory and CommemorationEpilogueAppendix: Nuns Honored as Righteous Among the NationsNotesReferencesIndex