Obituary: The Dutch Teacher Who Saved 600 Kids From the Nazis
A brave teacher has passed.
Obituary: Johan van Hulst, the teacher who saved Jewish children
Some of the children Johan van Hulst helped rescue were so young that they no longer remember the daring acts that saved their lives.
Van Hulst, who died on 22 March aged 107, was a key part of the network that helped at least 600 Dutch babies and children escape the Nazis.
Those children survived thanks to carefully orchestrated operations that smuggled them away right in front of the Nazis seeking to send them to concentration camps.
In 1942, two years after the German invasion of the Netherlands, Johan van Hulst - the son of a furniture upholsterer - was working as a lecturer at a Calvinist teacher training college in Amsterdam.
Van Hulst cooperated with the head of an adjacent creche to spirit Jewish children to safety right under the noses of the Nazis across the street.