Local Woman Shares Her Story on Harboring Jewish Refugees in WWII

Hear one woman’s story of how she and her family harbored eight Jewish refugees during World War II, October 19 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library.

As a young child, Anneke BurkeKooistra had no idea that eight other people, fleeing persecution, were living in her house. Only after the war ended did she learn of the Jewish refugees, her parents had kept hidden, in a five-foot space beneath her floorboards.

“With love in your heart there’s no room for hate,” says Burke-Kooistra. “If we can’t be there for one another, then we lose.”

Burke-Kooistra will share what drove her parents to get involved, how they kept the secret and share photos from her childhood home.

“Anneke Burke-Kooistra family’s story is a clear example of bravery and perseverance in the face of persecution,” says Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley, “the Rochester Hills Public Library is proud to be able to share this story.”

Registration is available online for this event at calendar.rhpl.org. Sign up in advance as space will be limited.