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Denise Schorr

September 20, 1918–May 7, 2010

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Denise Schorr until we are able to commission a full entry.

Activist, chef, educator, and social worker, Denise Schorr (1918 – 2010).

As a member of the French Resistance, Denise Schorr began saving Jewish children when she was still just seventeen. When World War II broke out, Schorr became involved with the French Resistance through the Union Generale des Israelites de France, where she worked as a social worker with Jewish children, placing them with gentile families through underground connections. Towards the end of the occupation, she also helped adults and the elderly who were in hiding. After the liberation of Paris, she met an American soldier who was part of the force that stormed the beach at Normandy, and became engaged after three dates, returning to the US with him. Together they raised five adopted children. In America, Schorr taught French cooking and wrote several cookbooks. Until her death, she continued to speak at schools about her wartime experiences, educating children about the Holocaust and the French Resistance.

Denise Schorr was honored at the 2000 Women Who Dared event in Boston.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Denise Schorr." (Viewed on September 21, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/schorr-denise>.

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