In May 1940 Trui van Lier stopped her law studies at Utrecht University because she wanted to do something to help children during the war.
She started a crèche for young children, including illegitimate children fathered by German soldiers: Kindjeshaven (Kid's Haven). The crèche grew to become an important temporary refuge for Jewish children for whom no safe address had yet been found.
AT LEAST 150 CHILDREN SAVED
Right under the noses of the German occupiers, the Kindjeshaven saved at least 150 Jewish children from certain death. In 1994, Trui van Lier was awarded the Yad Vashem title 'Righteous Among the Nations' for her work.