Describing the separations in her 2017 testimony at Queens School, Ms. Geulen spoke of how laborious it was “to tear a baby away from his mom and never inform her the place we have been taking him, and to have her cry and cry, ‘Inform me at the very least, solely inform me, the place you’re going to take him?’”
“If I’d had kids then, I don’t know that I might have carried out it,” she stated.
Every baby was given a brand new title: Sarah grew to become Suzanne, Moses grew to become Marcel. However younger kids typically didn’t perceive what was unsuitable with their actual names, or why they couldn’t inform strangers that they have been Jewish. One time, Ms. Geulen recalled, she was on a practice with a lady she was smuggling to security when one other passenger requested the lady her title. The lady turned to Ms. Geulen and requested, “Ought to I inform her my new title or my actual title?” Fortunately, the passenger was not sympathetic to the Nazis.
Ms. Geulen, utilizing the code title Claude Fournier, typically needed to stroll nice distances to succeed in hide-outs in rural areas, carrying a suitcase in a single arm and a baby slung throughout the other hip. “I must cease each 30 ft, put the suitcase down and alter the kid to the opposite facet,” she informed Professor Griffin.
Ms. Geulen was favored by her fluency in German and by her blue eyes and shoulder-length blondish hair, giving her the visage of the so-called Aryan lady whom the Nazis idealized. One time she was strolling alone on a Brussels sidewalk on her technique to choose up two kids whereas carrying their names on a slip of paper hidden underneath the inside sole of one in all her footwear. A road photographer snapped her image at a second when a German officer occurred to be striding just a few steps behind her. Not understanding if she had been arrange, Ms. Geulen known as her handlers on the committee and was informed to seek out the photographer and get the detrimental. Maybe as a result of he was disarmed by her magnificence, he gave it to her, Professor Griffin stated.
In Could 1943, the Germans raided Ms. Geulen’s boarding faculty (right now known as the Isabelle Gatti de Gamond Royal Atheneum), the place a dozen Jewish kids have been hidden. The varsity’s headmistress, Odile Ovart, and her husband have been despatched to focus camps, which they didn’t survive. Ms. Geulen was interrogated however launched. When a German officer informed her that she ought to be ashamed of instructing Jewish kids, she responded, “Aren’t you ashamed to make conflict on Jewish kids!”