The former ‘Maison Mazard’ in Le Soler, now destroyed, was a safe house for Dutch refugees, Jews and resistance members fleeing the nazis in the 1930s.

Mr Kolkman along with its inhabitants in front of Maison Mazard, the house he rented out to accommodate the Dutch refugees.
Credit: Coll. Yad

Dutch vice-consul Joseph Willem Kolkman was honoured posthumously in May 2013 as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem for taking in, providing food and shelter, and arranging safe passage for many thousands of escapees.

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