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Looking for Strangers: The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood

Looking for Strangers:  The True Story of My Hidden Wartime Childhood

by Dori Katz,
The Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2013

In 1942, three-year-old Dori Katz was sent by her mother to live with Franz and Regine Walschot, a Catholic couple, in the village of Beersel, Belgium. Her name was to be Astrid Von der Laar. The resistance paid “Papa Franz” and “Mama Gine” 30 francs per day for her care and, presumably, for the risks they took in hiding her. When World War II ended, Dori spent months in an orphanage before reuniting with her mother. “For you, it was nothing,” Golda Katz often told her daughter. “You were only a child. You didn’t suffer. You don’t even remember.”

 

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