Dutch woman who helped save Jews in WWII dies in US

A Dutch woman living in the U.S. who authored a book chronicling her efforts that helped save hundreds of Jews in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation of World War II has died.

Diet Eman died in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was 99.

Eman was born in the Netherlands and was part of an underground resistance following Nazi Germany’s 1940 invasion. Her 1994 memoirs, “Things We Couldn’t Say,” detailed how Eman provided forged identification cards and shelter for Jews, and how she helped allied pilots shot down by the German military.

During a 2015 visit to Grand Rapids, Dutch King Willem-Alexander called Eman one of his country’s “national heroes.”

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