Georges Loinger: French hero who saved Jews in WW2 dies


Georges Loinger receives the Legion d'HonneurPicture copyright

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Loinger obtained France’s prime award, the Legion d’Honneur, in 2005

French resistance fighter Georges Loinger, whose bravery and invention saved tons of of Jewish youngsters in World Battle Two, has died aged 108.

His death was announced by France’s Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

Born in Strasbourg to a Jewish household, he was captured by the Nazis in 1940 however escaped.

One of many strategies he used to save lots of youngsters was to take them to the Swiss border, then kick a soccer over the frontier and get them to chase it.

“I noticed a soccer subject that was on the border. It was made up of fences two-and-a-half metres excessive. I noticed that there was no one”, he mentioned.

“I made the youngsters play, I advised a few of them to carry up the fences and I handed the ball.”

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Loinger was serving within the French military when he was caught in 1940 however his blond hair and blue eyes apparently hid the very fact he was Jewish from his German captors and this enabled his escape from a prisoner of battle camp.

Returning to France through the battle he joined an assist company making an attempt to assist Jewish youngsters whose mother and father had been killed or despatched to focus camps.

One other technique he used concerned dressing youngsters as mourners and taking them to a cemetery on the French-Swiss border, the place they’d climb up a gravedigger’s ladder to impartial territory.

He’s thought to have saved greater than 350 youngsters.

Loinger’s cousin was one other French resistance fighter, the mime artist Marcel Marceau.


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