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How Artist Saved 350 Lives During Holocaust by Forging ID Papers

National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam (Photo: Wikipedia/Persian_Dutch_Network)

German-born Jewish artist, Alice Cohn, figured out how to forge Dutch identity papers to save hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis, and today her identity cards are being shown at the National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam. Writers at The Times of Israel tell us more:

During two years of hiding in an attic near Utrecht’s Wilhelmina Park, Cohn accomplished what had been deemed impossible: She forged identity cards able to withstand scrutiny.

The tools she used — test cards, knives, a notebook to practice signatures in — are on display at the National Holocaust Museum, along with head-shots and other artifacts used by the Dutch population registry.

According to the museum, Cohn and her group of co-resisters, called “The Utrecht Children’s Committee,” managed to save 350 children from deportation and murder. The group also forged ration coupons needed by “underground” people in hiding to obtain food. During the last year of the war, many new “wild papers” were needed to help young Dutch men evade forced labor in Germany.

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