Marloes Coenen already has the best title she could ever want

Friday July 12th, 2013
Marloes Coenen (left) traces her resolve to grandparents who helped save countless Jews in the Netherlands.
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Like most fights, the Coenens' started with a few opening moves in their battle against the Nazis. The couple slaughtered animals on their rural estate to provide food for the Jewish people seeking shelter in the pastoral Eastern province they called home. But they couldn't escape a gnawing feeling: There had to be more they could do.

Katharina and Willem Coenen on their wedding day, 80 years ago.
Courtesy of Huub Coenen

Besides, no matter what happens on Saturday night, Marloes Katharina Coenen already has the title she cherishes most: Granddaughter.

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