WWII Survivor Talks To Bronxville's Chapel School Pupils

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World War II survivor Lucy Bollman recently spoke to Chapel School seventh-graders about growing up in German-occupied Holland as a child.
World War II survivor Lucy Bollman recently spoke to Chapel School seventh-graders about growing up in German-occupied Holland as a child. Photo Credit: Contributed
Lucy Bollman spoke to Chapel School students about the Gestapo and hiding a Dutch pilot in her parents' bedroom during World War II.
Lucy Bollman spoke to Chapel School students about the Gestapo and hiding a Dutch pilot in her parents' bedroom during World War II. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- History came alive for seventh-grade students at The Chapel School in Bronxville recently when World War II survivor Lucy Bollman visited to discuss her time living in German-occupied Holland as a child. 

Bollman spoke about how Dutch men ages 18-40 were recruited to either join the German army or to work for the war effort. She also discussed how her uncle, who was a banker and a photographer, was asked to take photos to create fake identification cards that would make someone either younger or older so that they would not be taken away.

Students had prepared questions in advance and were fascinated to find out that her family hid a Dutch pilot, who was in the middle age range, in a secret room behind her parents’ bedroom.

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