The Amsterdam resistance heroine Henriette Pimentel will be awarded the Jewish Rescuers Citation on Sunday.

The prize is received by relatives of Pimentel, who was deported during the war and murdered in Auschwitz.

The teacher helped many hundreds of Jewish children 'disappear' when their families had to be transported to Germany.

The award is presented by B'nai B'rith, an international organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism.

The Jewish Rescuers Citation was created in 2011.

The ceremony will take place in the Resistance Museum in Amsterdam.

Dozens of former crèche children and relatives of former crèche children are present at the award ceremony.

Henriette Pimentel had been the director of the Jewish crèche in Amsterdam since 1926.

She came from a large Jewish family and devoted her life to children.

Pimentel was one of the first educators to emphasize the importance of play, hygiene and fresh air for children.

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Jewish babies were secretly taken to hiding places

From 1942 the crèche became an annex of the Hollandsche Schouwburg, where the German Jewish families gathered before they had to be transported.

Together with Walter Suskind, one of the theater managers, she devised a plan to save as many children as possible from the transport.

This was done, among other things, by smuggling babies out of the theater in bags.

They were taken from the crèche to hiding places.

After that, the children also had to be removed from the registration system of the Germans.

In this way, Pimentel and her team managed to save between 600 and 800 babies.


First transport from Westerbork to Auschwitz 75 years ago

'This is also a tribute to the role of women in the resistance'

Pimentel was finally arrested in April 1943 when the Germans discovered what she had done.

She and thirty employees were deported to Auschwitz in July.

Pimentel was murdered there in September.

The nursery was closed immediately after her arrest.

Pimentel's life was immortalized in a book,

Just wait.

Writer Esther Shaya called the award for Pimentel on

NPO Radio 1

on Saturday

"very important. A lot of attention has been paid to the men who were in the resistance work. But it is good that attention is now also paid to the leading roles that women have played."

Earlier, Pimentel was honored with a bridge in Amsterdam.

She also appears in

Rudolf van den Berg

's war film



She is played in the film by actress Olga Zuiderhoek.

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