Marie Taquet, Belgium

Marie Taquet was born in Luxembourg in 1898 to a family of practicing Catholics. When she was twenty, she married an officer in the Belgian army. During the occupation of Belgium in 1942, her husband was assigned to direct Reine Elizabeth Castle, a school for children of the military in Jamoigne, Belgium. Her husband did the administrative work and Marie became the headmistress. In 1942, there were 80 boys and in 1943, another 80 arrived, all of them Jewish. Marie agreed to shelter the boys and taught them to conceal their identities in order to survive Gestapo raids.

Edited by Stephanie Surach