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July 3, 2006
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Jaap Penraat, a Dutch architect who helped save 406 Jews during World War II, died June 25 in New York at the age of 88. Penraat first made false identity cards as a member of the Dutch Resistance; he served several months in prison after his activities were discovered. After he was released, he and some friends hatched a plan to disguise Jews as construction workers that the Nazis were employing for work along France’s Atlantic Coast. He later came to the United States. He was reluctant to speak about his wartime activities, and only began doing so when he was convinced that talking about them would educate younger generations.

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