At the young age of approximately 20, Johanna Hagedoorn left medical school to help some of the Dutch’s Jewish Children, whose identity remained unknown to those who worked with them. Hagedoorn would hide the children in her home for short periods of time, and later would sneak them into the Nazis-free English border. In alliance with the British resistance, she helped hundreds of children between the ages of 3-10 make it to safety.
As quoted by Anna Fedrick ”She fought for people she could just as easily have ignored.” People that she is still reminded of by the hundreds of thank you letters she still receives from them, offering their gratitude for returning to them the gift of life.
Source: Bradenton Herald
Edited by Lauren Goldfarb