“The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border,” Mr. Loinger informed the Jewish Telegraph Agency in 2007, “and Marcel really put them at ease.”
(Marceau labored within the Resistance till France’s liberation, hiding Jewish kids from the Gestapo and the French police.)
Mr. Loinger himself crossed to security in Switzerland in April, 1944, alongside together with his spouse, Flore (Rosenzweig) Loinger, and their younger sons Daniel and Guy. But he returned to France to proceed to rescue kids.
“He’d tell his wife, ‘Stay safe in Switzerland, but I still have work to do,’ ” Tamar Nezer-Loinger, one of his nieces, stated by cellphone.
Joseph Urie Loinger was born on Aug. 29, 1910, in Strasbourg, France, within the Alsace area close to Germany. His father, Salomon, an immigrant from Poland, offered furnishings. His mom, Mina (Werzberg) Loinger, who was born in Romania, was a homemaker.
He grew up in a spiritual Jewish household with six siblings and was lively in Zionist actions as Hitler rose to energy. “ ‘Mein Kampf’ was sold in bookshops,” he informed Tribune Juive, including that he had listened to Hitler on the radio declaring his objective of exterminating the Jews.
Mr. Loinger — who modified his given identify to Georges as a younger man — studied to be an engineer in Strasbourg however switched to bodily training in Paris. While serving within the French Army, he was captured by German troops in 1940 and spent a number of months in a prisoner of conflict camp close to Munich earlier than escaping with a cousin.