April 11: Jaap Penraat, Rescuer

Jaap Penraat, who rescued 406 Jews from the Nazis by smuggling them from the Netherlands to Spain on twenty separate trips, was born in Amsterdam on this date in 1911. Penraat was an interior designer, architect and sculptor who began his resistance work by forging identity papers for Jews. After he was jailed for several […]

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History, Herstory, Ourstory: A Sea Voyage, 1645

A Glimpse of the TransAtlantic Life for Jews and Others in New Amsterdam by Leo Hershkowitz On March 30, 1645, Arent van Curler (1619–1667), chief agent for Kiliaen van Rensselaer (J. Franklin Jameson, ed., Narratives of New Netherland 1909), one of the wealthiest Dutch patrons, with property that covered a vast territory in the upper […]

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