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Courage of four Island heroes

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FOUR Islanders who risked their lives to shelter fugitives during the Occupation are being honoured at a ceremony in Downing Street this afternoon.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown will present awards for 29 'British Heroes of the Holocaust' and the families of Albert Bédane and three siblings, Harold Le Druillenec, Louisa Gould and Ivy Forster, will receive the medals.

They include Mr Le Druillenec's 100-year-old wife, Phyllis, who has flown to London today.

Mr Bédane has already been given Israel's highest holocaust honour 'Righteous Among Nations' for the risks that he took to shelter fugitives.

All four Islanders knew that they faced death at the hands of the Nazis if they were caught – Louisa paid the ultimate price and was murdered in the gas chamber at Ravenbrueck after she was caught, and her brother Harold was the only British survivor of the Belsen concentration camp when it was liberated.

See Tuesday's JEP for full story.

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