Anti-Defamation League Honors John Weidner Posthumously
The Anti-Defamation League recently honored John Weidner posthumously. During WWII Weidner formed the Dutch-Paris, an underground network responsible for smuggling more than 1,000 Jews and others out of the reach of Nazi forces.
Spectrum reported on the story in late January (First-ever posthumous award from the Anti-Defamation League to an Adventist, 31 Jan 2014), and the award was given in early February. Excerpt from the Spectrum article:
At its annual meeting in February, the Anti-Defamation League will present the Jan Karski “Courage to Care” award to a man credited for saving over 1,000 Jewish men, women, and children, Allied pilots, and political opponents of the Nazis during the Second World War.
The coveted award will go Johan Hendrick (John Henry) Weidner who, at the age of 29, founded Dutch-Paris which became the largest and most successful underground network rescuing people being persecuted for their faith or race. In its heyday, some 300 people participated in the underground which escorted refugees over the Alps to safety in neutral Switzerland or Spain. For his efforts, Weidner became one of the most sought of the underground leaders of France, and for whom the Gestapo offered five million francs for his arrest.
On February 7, 2014, The Anti-Defamation League posted three stories about the award:
- ADL Posthumously Honors Dutch Hero John Henry Weidner for Saving Hundreds from the Holocaust
- ADL Jan Karski Courage to Care Award Acceptance Remarks by Dr. Kurt Ganter
- Abraham H. Foxman Posthumous Presentation of ADL Jan Karski Courage to Care Award to John Henry Weidner
Additional resources about John Weidner and the Dutch-Paris:
- Gabrielle Weidner (Holocaust Encyclopedia)
- Gabrielle’s Story (Wilona Karimabadi, Adventist Review, 25 July 2013)
- Running from Death (Wilona Karimabadi, Adventist Review, 7 July 2008)
- Dr. Johan Hendrik Weidner (Holocaust Encyclopedia)
- Flee the Captor (Herbert Ford, Review and Herald, 1979)
- The Courage to Care (Carol Rittner, Sondra Myers, New York University Press, 1986)
- Three additional books listed at Adventists for Social Action.
- Way to Freedom (YouTube, 1967)
- Weidner Foundation
- How to Flee the Gestapo (blog)
- Johan Hendrik Weidner (Wikipedia)
- Dutch-Paris (Wikipedia)
- Dutch-Paris Lines (WWII Netherlands Escape Lines)