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October 07, 1983 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-07

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58 Friday, October 1, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Royal Oak Couple Receives
Righteous Gentile Award

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Community Council, Mr.
and Mrs. Willem Blom of
Royal Oak received the
Righteous Gentile Award of
the Yad Vashem Martyrs
and Remembrance Author-
ity.
During World War II, the
Bloms -hid a Jewish dentist,
Dr. Vreedenburg, and his
wife in the attic in their
home. Mrs. Blom had been

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The Bloms never ac-
cepted money for hiding
the couple, but the Vre-
edenburgs insisted on
helping out with food ex-
penses.

The Vreedenburgs' cover
was almost blown one even-
ing when the Bloms' young
son thought he found
"thieves" in the house. The
Bloms hid the Vreeden-
burgs in a closet and took
the young boy up to the attic
to show him there was no
one there.
Following the war, the
Vreedenburgs and the
Bloms corresponded, often
receiving birthday cards
from one another.
Emanuel Zippori, consul
general of Israel to the
Midwest, made the presen-
tation on behalf of his gov-
ernment.

The Righteous Gentile
Award is given to those
non-Jewish individuals
who aided Jews, risking
their lives under the Nazi
occupation. Each case is
documented and re-
searched by the Yad
Vashem Authority.
Those so recognized have
a tree planfed in their
honor on the Avenue of
the Righteous walkway
at the Yad Vashem
memorial in Jerusalem.

Sister Carol Rittner of
Mercy College met the
Bloms in 1981, and learned
their story. With JCCoun-
cil's assistance, she con-
tacted the Israel govern-
ment, and sought the recog-
nition for the Bloms by Yad
Vashem.
Sister Carol is currently
in Israel, and will plant a
tree on the Avenue of the
Righteous for the Bloms in
absentia.

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the dentist's assistant and
the Bloms and Vreeden-
burgs had become close
friends.
As the Nazis approached,
the Bloms offered a refuge
to the Vreedenburgs, and
the Jewish couple remained
hidden in the Blom attic for
three years.

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