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Gertrude Zeehandelaar, 91, Saved Lives on Kindertransport

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Gertrude Zeehandelaar

Gertrude Zeehandelaar, 91, whose efforts during the Holocaust helped save many young lives, died April 26.

As a teen, Zeehandelaar was given the responsibility of helping children escape the advances of the Nazis by placing youngsters on the Kindertransport, as it made its way out of harm’s way, leaving the Netherlands for the sanctuary of England.

After World War II, she immigrated to Cuba, awaiting clearance for her application to move to the United States, where she eventually settled in New York State.

A member of Hadassah, she also cut a huge profile at Martins Run, where she moved in 2010 from New York. There she engaged residents until recently with her entertaining opera classes.

She is survived by a son, Eric; and four grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick J.; and a son, David.

Donations in her name may be made to the L’Dor Va’Dor Fund at Main Line Reform ­Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynne­­­wood, PA 19096; or New Rochelle Hadassah, c/o Carole Curtis, 60 Somerset Rd., New Rochelle, N.Y. 10804.

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