Last Sunday morning, in the new Tivoli neighborhood in Brussels, it was inaugurated a street in honor of the resistant Andrée de Jongh.
“It’s an extraordinary destiny,” says Khalid Zian, the alderman for Equal Opportunities for the City of Brussels, “because Andrée de Jongh became one of the very few women at the head of a resistance network at the time”.
Born in Schaerbeek in 1916, Andrée de Jongh was an ambulance trainer. She cured the allied soldiers hospitalized in Bruges during the Second World War. Is there that she decided to help British airmen trapped in the occupied country. Therefore, she launched the network “Comète” which helped these airmen to go home.
On January 15, 1943, she was arrested for her actions in the resistance and deported to Germany. Fortunately, she was able to survive. After the war, she continued to devote her life to the service of others. In particular, she took care of lepers in Congo. A life dedicated to others, until she died on October 13, 2007.