Yehezkel and Gucia Szyper and their rescuer, Fernande Vraux
In the right-hand photograph are 13-year-old Gabi Gucia Szyper and her brother, Charles Yehezkel Szyper, aged 3. During the Holocaust, they were hidden in the home of Fernande and Henri Vraux, in the village of Gaurain-Ramecroix near Tournai, Belgium, where they both stayed until March 1946.
In the second photograph (left), Yehezkel is in the arms of his rescuer, Fernande Vraux.
Seeking a hiding place for their children, Gucia and Yehezkel’s parents, Yitzhak Haim and Hanna Szyper, brought them to the Vrauxs, a Christian couple. Yizhak Haim and Hanna Szyper perished in the Holocaust, as did Gucia and Yehezkel’s siblings Haya and Naftali. Gucia stayed in Belgium after the war, while Yehezkel immigrated to Eretz Israel, where he fell in battle the Six Day War.
To view the memorial page for Yehezkel Szyper on the Defense Ministry’s memorial website (in Hebrew), click here.
For further information about Belgian Jewry during the Holocaust, click here.
Yad Vashem Photo Archives, 5784