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Hans Calmeyer Righteous Gentile 1903-1972

“The Dutch Schindler”

 Lawyer for Life

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Calmeyer’s Legacy – A Song to Be

Hans Calmeyer died at the age of 69 in 1972, 30 years after leading a successful clandestine conspiracy that saved more than 3000 Jews from the Holocaust.

     Calmeyer’s Song (in his own words)

           He wanted much, he wished for much.

           Now burnt up, ashes in a hush,

           ‘ere reaching any goal as such,

           what harm that his own passion’s touch

           on which he thrived, would leap along

           over to you, to you the throng,

           as candles glow, only so long…

           the note still sounds that in him longed

           a Song to be”

          … Calmeyer’s self-chosen epitaph poem, now on his gravestone in Osnabrück, Germany


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The Yad Vashem Medal for a Righteous Gentile in Wooden Case from the Yad Vashem Garden of the Trees of Life *