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Real lives: Bettine Le Beau ‘I kidded myself
that there was an angel looking
after me’

Daily Mail (UK), by Louette Harding

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Posted By:zephyrgirl, 1/27/2013 10:05:51 AM

Faced with an unimaginable dilemma, Bettine Le Beau’s mother decided to give her and her brother to a stranger to save them from a concentration camp. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Bettine tells Louette Harding about her dangerous escape and her remarkable life after the war. The depths of winter, 1940: an agent from a humanitarian organisation smuggles herself into Gurs concentration camp near the French Pyrenees. In the women’s barrack, she explains, ‘I am able to take ten children out of here. Tell me if you want me to take yours.’

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Her mother was very brave to send Bettine to safety.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: suziannr, 1/27/2013 10:47:54 AM     (No. 9142192)

Always there are heroes to help. Thank God for those people who will risk lives honor and fortunes for others.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: farmwife, 1/27/2013 10:56:40 AM     (No. 9142212)

Six million Jews were murdered. How many survivors lived with the horror for the rest of their lives? So many stories.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: DARling, 1/27/2013 11:00:27 AM     (No. 9142218)

The story didn´t have an entirely happy ending, but at least everyone lived, including the mother. Too bad that Ms. LeBeau never chose to meet her half-sister. The older you get, the more important all family members become.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tivadoc, 1/27/2013 11:03:08 AM     (No. 9142226)

These stories must be told, yet some don´t believe this happened at all. Unfortunately, they are leaving in droves every day and when they are gone and no longer able to tell the stories that evil will return.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/27/2013 11:47:36 AM     (No. 9142314)

I just finished reading about the Japanese diplomat who saved 6,000 Jews by giving them Japanese visas so they could escape. He was ordered not to do it by his government by he ignored them and did it anyway. He was lucky that they did not execute him for treason.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: redink, 1/27/2013 2:17:27 PM     (No. 9142549)

I don´t hear as many of these stories as I used to...and they are so very important for us to learn from.
God Bless this woman and her determination not to be bitter.
And I do admire French practicality. It sure beats this culture of reality-tv emoting and victimization.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JAN, 1/27/2013 3:16:54 PM     (No. 9142662)

Just finished reading

94 Maidens

A heart rending story about a family returning to Germany to research the Nazi records as they pertain to her mother.

I felt that I was there with them ever stop of the journey.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 1/28/2013 2:51:05 AM     (No. 9143461)

If you have never visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, I urge you to do so. It is beautiful and informative and completely devastating and you will come out changed. I lost a bit of my soul there more than ten years ago and have never forgotten the experience.

Six million died from one man´s delusions of grandeur. Never again. Never EVER again!!!

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