One Family's Story: Hiding Jewish Friends During WWII

Mar 29, 2017

Local resident Julia Oversloot is the author of Decency and Luck: Two Dutch Couples During World War II. It's the story of her parents, who helped a Jewish family hide during the war. They were honored by the Yad Vashem Holocaust center in Israel back in 1975 as being what is called Righteous Among The Nations. Julia will be sharing their story at the Northwest Reno Library on Wednesday, April 5, at 5 pm.

Leo, Robert, and Emmy Krell. Leo and Emmy Krell were a Jewish couple saved by Jacob and Jentle Oversloot during the Holocaust. Robert was saved by another family and reunited with his parents after the war.
Credit Julia Oversloot

Oversloot says her parents were just everyday people who chose to do the right thing.

“I think it’s important to remember that we need to care about one another, that we need to not be bystanders, that we need to take action and do something when we see something that is wrong.”

Her parents, Jacob and Jentle Oversloot, saved a Jewish couple named Emmy and Leo Krell. Their son Robert Krell also survived the war and is now an esteemed psychiatrist in Vancouver as well as an international speaker on the Holocaust. He has devoted his career to counseling Holocaust survivors like himself, along with their children.