80 Jewish Boys Essay

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80 jewish boys. From 1942 to 1944 a boarding school in the province of Luxembourg became home to 83 jewish boys between the ages of three and 16, some of who were rescued by and brought to the school by Joseph Andre, Ida Sterno and her companion Andre Geulen The home was run by a retired army officer and his wife named major Emile Taquet and Marie Taquet who was not only responsible for the home’s finances,food source and hiding the children but he was also responsible for all the region’s underground resistance movement. Along with many other teachers Ivon Filot was responsible for educating the boys both jewish and gentile. All the boys, jewish and non-jewish were put into multiple groups led by a counselor. The jewish boys were treated and acted just as their non- jewish pupils, they went to mass and participated in the afternoon activities. When the German soldiers raided the school Emile protected the children without hesitation. These people put their lives on the line and asked for nothing in return. They not only protected and gave shelter to the children through the Nazi threat but they educated them too.

Marie Taquet was a mother figure to the boys, she thought of them as her own children, she understood them. She also helped her husband with providing food and clothes for the boys. The
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