The Righteous Among the Nations, are non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Rescue took many forms and the Righteous came from different nations, religions and walks of life. What they had in common was that they protected their Jewish neighbours at a time when hostility and indifference prevailed.

They are honoured by a museum and a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust or Shoah. Situated on Har Hazikaron (Mount Herzl), the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, and was set up by the Israeli government in 1953. The name Yad Vashem means both ‘a memorial and a name’.

The DACC would like to honour the Dutch-Australians who received this important award. The personal biographies have been provided by the Embassy of Israel In Canberra.

See also:

Arend and Catherina Brugman

Ellie Zinsmeester

There is also more information on the Internet.

Cornelia de Reuver:

Israel honours a Righteous Among the Nations » J-Wire (

Cornelis and Aaltje van Meurs:

SBS Language | Alex Dafner: 4 families pledged $10m for Sydney Jewish, Holocaust Museums. Yiddish 22.10.17

Jacob and Klaartje van der Haar:

Righteous Among the Nations » J-Wire (

Couple awarded highest honour for acts of bravery during the Holocaust – Australian Online News

We also have a copy in the DACC archives of the award provided to Willem Lodewijk and Elisabeth Petronella Zinsmeester – Oosterhoff.

Sydney woman accepts Righteous Among the Nations medal awarded to her parents.

These are other Dutch-Australian people who received The Righteous Among the Nations Awards. The articles are from the Dutch Australian Weekly (one article from Trove).
W, Reiman. DAW 1-10-1982