Family honoured by Israeli president for saving Hampstead Garden Suburb girl from the Nazis
- Credit: Archant
A Catholic family who risked their lives to hide a Hampstead Garden Suburb woman from the Nazis has been honoured for bravery with an award presented by Israeli president Shimon Peres.
Esther Graham, 77, was just six when the Gustin family took her into their Belgian home and shielded her from occupying Nazis in 1942.
The family saved her life by claiming she was the illegitimate daughter of Yvonne Gustin, the family’s youngest daughter.
Last Tuesday, Yvonne, 90, attended the Yad Vashem Righteous Among the Nations awards ceremony at Palais d’Egmont, in Brussels, Belgium, where the Israeli president gave her an award for her family’s heroics in protecting the Jewish girl.
Mrs Graham, said: “They risked their lives for me, I took their name and they brought me up. If they hadn’t done that I probably would not be alive today.
You may also want to watch:
“They were more than kind to me, they gave me love and security.”
- 1 Lane closure scrapped after high pollution readings double
- 2 Falling stonework narrowly misses outdoor diners at Crouch End cafe
- 3 British fencing great Richard Kruse announces retirement
- 4 Obituary: 'Striking and beautiful' north London mother Mary Collins
- 5 Five things we learned in Arsenal's first win at Chelsea in 10 years
- 6 In numbers: the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in north London
- 7 Primrose Hill's night-time closure has split north London residents
- 8 Haringey Council leader ousted by rival in Labour group vote
- 9 House Tour Gayton Road: Split-level mid-century gem in Hampstead
- 10 Hampstead man jailed for pub 'revenge attack' on Jewish Tory barrister