RE­SIS­TANCE HERO DIES AT 108

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY JC RE­PORTER

A HERO of the French Re­sis­tance who saved 350 Jews from the Nazis has died.

Ge­orges Loinger, who was 108, is said to have saved hun­dreds of chil­dren af­ter he es­caped the Nazis who cap­tured him dur­ing the Ger­man in­va­sion of France, when he was a French Army sol­dier.

One of his res­cue meth­ods was to take chil­dren to an un­guarded sec­tion of the Swiss bor­der to play a ball game, then kick it to­wards the fence.

In an in­ter­view with The Tablet ear­lier this year, he said: “I threw a ball a hun­dred me­tres to­wards the Swiss bor­der and told the chil­dren to run and get the ball. They ran af­ter the ball and this is how they crossed the bor­der.”

Mr Loinger was Jewish, born in Stras­bourg in 1910. He claimed the fact he did not look Jewish al­lowed him to move around without sus­pi­cion.

He said: “Sport made me the op­po­site of an an­guished Jew... I walked with great nat­u­ral­ness. Be­sides, I was rather pretty and there­fore well-dressed.”

His hero­ism won him the Re­sis­tance Medal, the Mil­i­tary Cross and the Le­gion d’Hon­neur af­ter the war.

His cousin was mime artist and fel­low Re­sis­tance fighter Marcel Marceau.

Sacha Gho­zlan, pres­i­dent of the Union of Jewish Stu­dents of France, tweeted: “He saved hun­dreds of Jewish chil­dren from Nazi bar­bar­ity by se­cretly pass­ing them to Switzer­land.

“May his mem­ory en­lighten our com­mit­ment.”

PHOTO: YOUTUBE

Ge­orges Loinger

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