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PORTRAITS OF MORAL COURAGE IN THE HOLOCAUST
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Joe DeVries greets us with an outstretched hand and a big smile. "I'm Joe !" he says as he walks us past a touch of Holland in his Dutton, Ontario, home, a tidy row of shoes lined up by the front door. Warm and relaxed, he remembers vividly and fondly how he and his recently deceased wife, Janke, hid two Jewish children in his home in southern Holland for the duration of the war.

"A few years ago my wife and I were sitting in the kitchen having a cup of coffee and then we came to talking about that time. I said, 'I still can't understand how we'd be so crazy to risk our lives for those strange people.' And my wife said, 'Yeah, we'd never do it again, would we?' 'No,' I said, and she looked at me and we laughed. She said, 'You know just as well as I do we would do the same thing over!'"

 

Johannes DeVries

Johannes DeVries, The Netherlands


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