Other notable deaths


March 03, 2006

Johanna van Schagen, who helped Jews escape from the Nazis during the Holocaust and later was honored by Israel, died Tuesday near Dayton, Ohio, her family said. She was 91.

Mrs. van Schagen, who had suffered a series of strokes, died in Trotwood, Ohio, where she lived. She and her husband, Cornelius, moved to the Dayton area in 1956.

She told the Dayton Daily News in 1994 that she and her husband sheltered Jews out of anger toward Germans who were taking over their native Netherlands. "We were afraid many times. ... There were lots of raids, and if they had found them in your home, you would be taken to concentration camps, too," she said.

Israel honored the couple in 1987, and a tree along the Avenue of the Righteous in Jerusalem is named for Johanna van Schagen, the newspaper said.

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