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June 21, 2005
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An American journalist who rescued more than 2,000 artists and writers from the Nazis will be posthumously honored. Varian Fry will have a street in his hometown of Ridgewood, N.J. named after him in a special ceremony June 26.

In 1940 Fry traveled to Vichy France to establish a clandestine network to rescue refugee intellectuals being persecuted by the Nazis. He succeeded in saving artists Marc Chagall, Marcell Duchamp, Max Ernst and Jacques Lipschitz and writers Franz Werfel, Lion Feuchtwanger and Hannah Arendt, among others.

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