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Memphis Press-Scimitar article on reunion of George Zwirz with Belgian friend Jackie Girard. George is currently a CBC student, preparing for citizenship in the United States and living with Attorney Abe Waldauer in Memphis. After the German occupation of Belgium in 1940, both boys found themselves attempting to hide from the ubiquitous patrols, George finding shelter with Father Joseph Andre, and Jackie with a farm family near the Netherlands. Jackie’s sister and her husband--newlyweds--had been deported and ultimately murdered in a concentration camp. After the war Jackie stayed with Father Andre, where he met George and the two became friends. Once again, Davis and Waldauer worked to get a visa for Jackie to come to the United States. As Clark Forteous of the Press-Scimitar staff described it:
”It was through the efforts of a Catholic priest in Belgium, a Protestant congressman and a Jewish lawyer that both boys have been brought to the land of their dreams--the United States.”
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Georges Zwirz, Jackie Girard, Memphis Press-Scimitar
"Two Belgium Boys, Once Refugees From the Nazis" (1948). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2021.1.108.