From April 23-27, the B'nai B'rith World Center is hosting Bert Jan Flim, a noted Dutch historian who has researched the rescue of Jewish children during the Holocaust in Holland. His father and paternal grandparents were recipients of the Righteous Among the Nations award for their part in rescuing Jews during the Holocaust.
Flim took part in the B'nai B’rith World Center/JNF-KKL joint annual ceremony dedicated to recognizing the heroism of Jewish rescuers during the Holocaust. The ceremony was held for the 15th consecutive year on Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day (April 24), at the B'nai B'rith Martyrs' Forest at 10 a.m. Israel time.
Flim will also present his research at a lecture entitled "Child’s Play: The Rescue of 800 Jewish Children in the Netherlands, 1942–1945," on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and on Wednesday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Haifa University (campus library, room 146). Both lectures will be in English. Flim will be available for interviews during his visit.
Born in 1957 in Holland, Flim majored in history at Groningen University, and studied the NV (Naamloze Vennootschap), a resistance group that saved about 230 Jewish children during World War II. Following extensive research, he received a Ph.D. in 1995 for his thesis: "Because their hearts spoke: history of the organized help to Jewish children in the Netherlands, 1942-1945," which was published as a book in 1996. He co-edited The Encyclopedia of the Righteous Among the Nations: The Netherlands (1997–2000) and was a member of the Foundation Maror-gelden Nederland (The Dutch Claims Conference) from 2000 to 2001. He is currently a lecturer in history at Friesland College in Holland.
The B'nai B'rith World Center-Jerusalem, established in 1980, serves as a link between Israel and B'nai B'rith International members and supporters around the world. The World Center has also been actively recognizing Jewish rescuer during the Holocaust for 20 years.
For further details, please contact: B’nai B’rith World Center Director Alan Schneider at 052-5536441 or firstname.lastname@example.org