This day in Jewish history / Daring escape from an Auschwitz-bound train
With the help of three Belgian resistance fighters, 116 people ultimately escaped. Simon Gronowski, who was 11 at the time, was one of them.
On April 19, 1943, members of the Belgian resistance attacked a transport train carrying Jewish deportees from the Mechelen transit camp to Auschwitz. It was the most significant rescue action taken during World War II of a train taking prisoners to the Nazi death camp in occupied Poland.
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