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English Women Who Helped Jews Escape from Nazis Honored in New York

Two English sisters, Ida and Louise Cook, who saved the lives of 29 Jews by aiding in their escape from Nazi Germany before the Second World War, were honored at a reception at Gracie Mansion today by the New York Women’s Division of the Israel Bond Organization. Mrs. Robert F. Wagner, wife of the Mayor, was chairman of the reception. Grace Mansion is the New York Mayor’s official residence.

In the years before the war, the Cook sisters, posing as opera lovers, made many trips to Germany, bringing documents and London clothing labels for the Jews they helped escape from the Nazis. They were brought to this country for the event by Trans World Airlines which provided free transportation.