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New website gathers WWII memories

New website gathers WWII memories | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it

A Falklands War veteran is behind a new website where people who lived through World War II can upload their personal accounts of the conflict.


Via Gregg Morris
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Great advice from Tony Banks: Take your iPhone or any other recording device and record the stories of surviving WWII Veterans.

 

Anyone still around who liberated the Netherlands?

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Images from 'lost' Jerry Lewis Holocaust film see light of day - BBC News

Images from 'lost' Jerry Lewis Holocaust film see light of day - BBC News | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
In the early 1970s Hollywood actor Jerry Lewis started working on a Holocaust film so bizarre he ended up hiding all the footage and to this day it has never been seen.
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Can we, or may we fictionalize the Holocaust? And what about comedy? These questions have been asked often, and of late, younger writers and comedians have taken the liberty to do venture where we did not go before. 

Listening to the conversations in the documentary, I recall Holocaust survivors joking about knowing one another from way back, from the resort where they spent some time during the 1940s. They are allowed to joke, but who else is? Do you have to have lived through the Shoah to be allowed to fictionalize history? 

 

Is this a fitting scoop for Holocaust Holland? Perhaps not, and yet, the questions posed above are true for any of the countries where Jews were prosecuted and eventually killed for being Jewish.

 

I'm watching the documentary as my contemporaries and younger thinkers ponder the question.

In an interview we hear Jerry Lewis say that his philosophy of comedy is, "A man in trouble." There you go. Still, Lewis said the movie won't be seen because of how people will deal with the feelings that surface creating the film.

A young scholar says: What are we laughing at and who are we laughing with, think about Chaplin, who is the butt of the joke is what counts.

And yet, Lewis pulled the movie, we'll have to wait till 2025 to see it.

 

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Jewish WWII Victims Memorialized in Groningen With Golden Stumble Stone / Stolperstein

Jewish WWII Victims Memorialized in Groningen With  Golden Stumble Stone / Stolperstein | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
De Duitse kunstenaar Gunter Demnig gaat aankomende vrijdag bij woningen in de Folkingestraat en het Gedempte Zuiderdiep in de stad struikelstenen leggen ter nagedachtenis aan Joodse oorlogsslachtoffers die hier woonden.
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Since 1999 the German artist Gunter Demnig has placed over 50,000 golden stumbling stones in front of houses where Jewish inhabitants lived before Nazis or their collaborators tore them away from their homes to be killed in concentration camps.

 

Bernard and Sara Betje Roos were among 119 Jewish inhabitants how were deported from downtown Groningen, a city in the north of the Netherlands. 

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Don't Lose Courage | Documentary about Dutch Holocaust Survivors Eli and Eefje Asser

Don't Lose Courage | Documentary about Dutch Holocaust Survivors Eli and Eefje Asser | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
'Verlies niet de moed' zijn de laatste woorden van Hella de Jonge's grootmoeder, voordat ze werd afgevoerd naar Auschwitz. Een foto uit 1885 spoort Hella aan haar familiegeschiedenis te onderzoeken.
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Well known Dutch TV-writer/ playwright Eli Asser, father of our friend David, tells his eldest daughter Hella how he and his wife Eefje z"l survived the Holocaust, and how they lived with the pain of their losses.

 

In this important documentary —part ego document of the maker, part biography of her father— we learn the story of first and second generation Dutch Holocaust survivors.

The maker, Hella de Jonge (wife and creative partner of performer Freek), chose to focus on her —first born's— relationship with her parents.

 

Perhaps we'll find out in another documentary how her younger siblings experienced growing up in a family so fraud with painful memories and survivors' guilt, where each child must have had a unique response to the traumatized parents' wish to forget what could not be forgotten. 

 

 

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The Holocaust’s long reach: Trauma is passed on to survivors’ children

The Holocaust’s long reach: Trauma is passed on to survivors’ children | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Trauma is trauma, whether it is besetting children of Holocaust survivors or children of families shattered by atom bombs, civil war, terrorism, domestic violence, sexual abuse, addiction, or even illness and disability. The stories keep emerging: in Heather Connell’s Small Voices, a film about the children of survivors of the Khmer Rouge killing fields; in Peter Balakian’s memoir Black Dog of Fate, written as the son of survivors of the Armenian genocide; in Michael Arlen’s Passage to Ararat, also about Armenia. (Memoirs by the children of Rwandan survivors are rarer: They’re just becoming adults.) The details of each oppression make it unique, but the effect of the trauma always follows the same path.

“I don’t feel possessive about my PTSD at all,” Ms. Epstein says. “I think it’s nearly universal.” To which Vivian Rakoff adds, “I think the transmission of trauma has to be admitted to. That when you do something terrible, it has effects. You can have psychic transmission of disorder in the same way you can have microbial transmission of disorder.”
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In 1978 my neighbor René Retèl, knowing about my background and struggles at the time, showed me an article in a Dutch magazine about the Second Generation.
Returning to Amsterdam on my own, after an absence of about fifteen years (the first eleven up north, the rest in L.A., and Strassbourg) I became overwhelmed by second hand memories, triggered by actual locations of stories my father had shared with me when I was a child. He knew his ill health would cut our being together short, so he shared as much as he could in the time given, as it turned out to be, from age seven or eight, until I was thirteen and five months old.
In 1985 Renata, mother of Shawn Landres, a child survivor of the Holocaust her self, handed me Helen Epstein's book Children of the Holocaust, a must read for people like us, she said.

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Anne Frank died 70 years ago this month; her diary remains one of the most enduring symbols of human suffering during the Holocaust

Anne Frank died 70 years ago this month; her diary remains one of the most enduring symbols of human suffering during the Holocaust | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
This March marks 70 years since the death of Anne Frank at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
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Good to remember that Anne knew about a contest for war diaries, and that she re-wrote hers specifically for the purpose of entering, and as it happened to be —having hers entered after the liberation. Note that the first published version was heavily edited by her father, Otto Frank. This and more was gleaned from among others former NIOD staf member David Barnouw, who momentarily is The Anne Frank Expert in the world. 

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NPS | The War - Frieda Menco-Brommet, Ronnie van Cleef and My Mom

NPS | The War - Frieda Menco-Brommet, Ronnie van Cleef and My Mom | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
De Oorlog (NPS), een tv-serie over de Tweede Wereldoorlog
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This story belongs here, under the heading Holocaust Holland, because it's about Dutch Jews. But, I could have Scooped.it up for History is Background.

There's something about the story that has to do with my or rather my mom's personal history.

When I still lived in Amsterdam I often saw Frieda Menco. We met for the first time when she interviewed me about Taller Amsterdam, the artist collective I joined in 1980. 

After she put her recorder away, she asked me if I would like to help her prepare the food for the Seder at her home. 

That's one connection.

The other connection isFrieda's (late)friend Ronnie van Cleef, who is mentioned in the latter part of the article on the connected site. 

Ronnie worked in the Resistance and used false identity papers. One of the I.D.s she used shows my mother's data, her full name, date and place of birth, only the photograph was of Ronnie. 

 

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Spoken Sound Monument 'Reciting 102.000 Names' in the Netherlands

Spoken Sound Monument  'Reciting 102.000 Names' in the Netherlands | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Donderdag 22 januari 2015 wordt vanaf 19.00 uur het gesproken monument De 102.000 Namen Lezen vormgegeven op het terrein van kamp Westerbork. Overlevenden, nabestaanden, schoolkinderen, politici en andere betrokkenen lezen de 102.000 namen van alle Nederlandse slachtoffers van de Holocaust gedurende zes dagen en vijf nachten. Het namen lezen duurt tot 27 januari 15.30 uur. Op die dag is het 70 jaar geleden dat het vernietigingskamp Auschwitz werd bevrijd en wordt de moord op 6 miljoen Joden, Sinti en Roma wereldwijd herdacht.

De 102.000 slachtoffers uit Nederland stierven naamloos in concentratie- en vernietigingskampen als Auschwitz, Sobibor, Theresiënstadt en Bergen Belsen. Het noemen van dit immense getal 102.000 maakt indruk, maar is ook bijna niet te bevatten. Daarom heeft het Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork het initiatief genomen tot het lezen van alle 102.000 namen. Op deze manier wordt het duidelijk dat het om 102.000 keer een mens gaat.

Het lezen van de namen klinkt gedurende zes dagen en vijf nachten, 116 uren achtereen op de plek waar de treinen naar de vernietigingskampen vertrokken. De namen worden in alfabetische volgorde genoemd. Het is de derde keer dat ‘De 102.000 Namen’ worden gelezen, eerder gebeurde dat in 2005 en 2010. Iedereen kan het ‘Namen Lezen’ volgen op het kampterrein en via een livestream op www.102000namenlezen.nl. Op Facebook en Twitter worden portretten en verhalen gedeeld van de slachtoffers van wie de namen gelezen worden. Geïnteresseerden kunnen tevens verhalen en foto’s delen door de hashtag #102000namen te gebruiken.
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For six days and five days starting January 22nd, the names of murdered Dutch Jews, Sinti and Roma will sound across the grounds of former Nazi transit camp Westerbork. The recital will end on the 27th of January at 3:30 p.m. local time, the moment when 70 years earlier concentration camp Auschwitz was liberated. 

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Internment Camp for Nazi Collaborators ‘De Vergulde Hand’

Internment Camp for Nazi Collaborators ‘De Vergulde Hand’ | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Niets herinnert meer aan het interneringskamp ‘De Vergulde Hand’, dat van begin juli 1945 tot eind januari 1948 aan de Vlaardingse Maassluissedijk stond. Het bood in de loop van die paar jaar uiteindelijk plaats aan zeshonderd NSB’ers en andere collaborateurs.
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Post WWII Dutch Nazi collaborators were interned in rehab camps.

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2G - Living in the Shadow of the Holocaust | Schaduwzijde

2G - Living in the Shadow of the Holocaust | Schaduwzijde | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
joodse naoorlogse generatie
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Someone asked me if I knew any Second Generation Holocaust Survivors in the Netherlands. My jaw dropped. We all were. Every single one of the Post-WWII generation was a child of a survivor. Our parents were all survivors, only they were called victims in Dutch. Even the word "overlevende" doesn't sound as powerful as "survivor". 

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Other Hiding Places - Not Just Anne Frank's Attic

Verhalen van Joodse onderduikers
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In the upper left hand corner of the website you'll see the flags to change the language of the web content.

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Marjoleine Oppenheim over boek Over Zij En Ik

Marjoleine Oppenheim over boek Over Zij En Ik | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Over Zij en Ik is de naam van het boek dat schrijfster Marjoleine Oppenheim-Sprangenberg schreef over het de ervaringen van haar moeder in Auschwitz.
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Een prettig radio interview. Telkens meer leden van de Tweede Generatie publiceren over hun ouders' ervaring tijdens de Sjoah. Marjoleine Oppenheim over haar moeder. De titel doet me denken aan  My Mother Myself, van Nancy Friday.
Is de relatie van moeders en dochters sowieso vaak beladen met verwachting en hoop, kinderen van overlevenden ervaren dat dubbelop. Als ze al niet gemaakt zijn om de vele verliezen goed te maken, dan is er de angst dat er iets met ze zal gebeuren, de onwillekeurige boodschap dat ze extra voorzichtig moeten zijn. 

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International Tracing Service

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Still, and again, people searching for their roots, into the 3rd generation already. Perhaps in the Netherlands with its (murderously) effective administration people are no longer trying to trace the whereabouts of relatives, loved ones, colleagues? Or?

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Liliane Pelzman Interviewed her Holocaust Survivor Mother for her Book "And No More Sorrow"

Liliane Pelzman Interviewed her Holocaust Survivor Mother for her Book "And No More Sorrow" | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
De verschillen tussen Nederland en Amerika zijn groot, stelt journaliste Liliane Pelzman. Zij vertrok dertig jaar geleden naar Californië en heeft daar nog geen moment spijt van gehad. "Amer...
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Growing up, Liliane Pelzman did not want to listen to her mother's memories of WWII, until she heard Holocaust deniers on U.S. radio. As an adult she interviewed her mother and visited old homes, as well as transit camp Westerbork for her book "And No More Sorrow."

 

 I'll write more after I finish reading the book.

 

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Quoting Anne Frank? Diary "Het Achterhuis" is now part of the Public Domain.

Quoting Anne Frank? Diary "Het Achterhuis" is now part of the Public Domain. | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Blog officiel d'Isabelle Attard, députée du Calvados
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Thanks to the representative of Calvados, the French apple spirits extraordinaire the news reaches us that the Diary of Anne Frank is now part of the Public Domain. Scroll down the French lesson, and you'll spot:
Het Achterhuis - Anne Frank - text and
Het Achterhuis - Anne Frank ePub.
Both are —you got it— available in the Dutch language. 
 

If you want to quote Anne in your books, you're home free!

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Ben Kingsley has a lot to say about Europe and the Holocaust

Ben Kingsley has a lot to say about Europe and the Holocaust | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Actor Sir Ben Kingsley, who starred in Schindler's List, makes harsh points about Europe's coming to terms with the Holocaust.
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Sir Kingsley states that Europe didn't grieve, and missed a catharsis.

If this was true for the Netherlands, I think the 4 and 5 May Committee has worked hard on helping the country stand still, look back, mourn and grieve. To a certain extend.

 

The last part of WWII, called the "Hunger Winter" was disastrous for all citizens. Depending on the sources, an extra 16,000 - 22,000 non-Jews died of starvation and or cold. Major cities had been bombed, and people rated the ruins for firewood.

 

After the liberation in May of 1945 the focus was on recuperation across the line, rebuilding was the credo, there was no time, nor lust to stand still by the losses.

Following the Shoah, the small number of Dutch Jews who returned from the camps, or came out of hiding, claiming home and property, often were scoffed, and doors were closed in their faces. Their homecoming turned into what Prof. Dr. Isaac Lipschits z"l called "de kleine sjoa", the small Shoah. 

 

You can't grief the destruction caused by WWII without acknowledging the Holocaust. For members of the general population as well as the government, grieving the Holocaust would have meant acknowledging one's own lack of compassion, greed, theft, i.e., a general, one's shortcoming. 

 

Would you agree with Sir Kingsley, and say that Europe didn't grieve the Holocaust, or would you differentiate in favor of some countries, and if not some countries as a whole, some cities, or counties, or organizations?

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Dutch 2G Growing Up in Aftermath #WWII

Dutch 2G Growing Up in Aftermath #WWII | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
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Yes, the linked review is in Dutch, but as the illustration shows, the book was published in English as well.
Some Dutch 2Gen members may recognize elements of themselves, parents, relatives and friends in the composite characters created by Simon Hammelburg. The author interviewed around 1200 members of the surviving generations for this riveting novel that takes place in the aftermath of WWII.
A must read for those who want to know where we Dutch 2G members are coming from, or came from, either way.

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Dutch Fighting the Germans at Grebbeberg in May 1940

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A fight, short not sweet, but fought at least. 

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Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam

Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Photograph of Judith Trijtel, Amsterdam, 1943, by Annemie Wolff | Copyright: Monica Kaltenschnee, Haarlem Holland
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Watch the video and pay tribute! And if you're in San Francisco between February 27 and April 17, go see the exhibit at the Goethe Institute.

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Artist/Writer and Child Survivor Peter Hein Wrote about "Living in Hiding" and Life after WWII "The Sixth Year"

Artist/Writer and Child Survivor Peter Hein Wrote about "Living in Hiding" and Life after WWII "The Sixth Year" | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Peter Hein beschrijft de onderduik van zijn ouders. Hij is schrijver en beeldhouwer, beeldend kunstenaar in Friesland
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Artist/ Writer and Child Survivor Peter Hein has written two books and numerous stories about hiding, and life after WWII; the Holocaust informs all his work. "De Onderduikers" is about Life in Hiding, "Het zesde jaar", suggests (rightfully so) that WWII did not end after five years, but continued after the so called liberation in 1945.

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Holocaust Surviving Generations 1 through 6

Holocaust Surviving Generations 1 through 6 | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Het trauma van overlevenden van de holocaust tikt zes generaties lang door.Dat stelt Simon Hammelburg, die de afgelopen jaren honderden joden sprak die de verschrikkingen van de Tweede Wereldoorlog hadden overleefd. Van buiten zie je het niet altijd, maar van binnen waren veel Holocaust-overlevenden helemaal kapot, zegt hij. Vandaar de titel van zijn boek 'Van binnen is alles stuk'.In Dit is de Dag sprak Hammelburg uitvoerig over gesprekken die had met overlevenden, die vaak al op hoge leeftijd
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I'm 2G, the children of my generation are 3G, some of them already have offspring, that's 4G. Journalist Simon Hammelburg states the effect of the Holocaust will be felt through the sixth post WWII generation. G6. Geez.

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Museum Night Amsterdam - 14 . Castrum Peregrini – Intellectual Playground

Museum Night Amsterdam - 14 . Castrum Peregrini – Intellectual Playground | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
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To visit this place in the darkness of the night, a house bought by Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht, an artist and activist, who hid Jewish young men during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands must add to our imagination, our understanding of a moment in time, so dark. At night, after the shutters came down her charges and friends would hold a salon, intellectual food in hungry times.

After the war Gisèle would marry the former mayor of Amsterdam d’Ailly. 

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▶ Mademoiselle - Keren Hadar - English - YouTube

▶ Mademoiselle - Keren Hadar - English - YouTube | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Anniversaire Andree Geulen - On the birthday of Andree Geulen. השיר נכתב והולחן כהוקרה לאנדרה גלן לכבוד יום הולדתה ה-90. היא השתתפה בהצלת ילדים יהודים רבים ב...
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"No one is twenty and afraid," Mademoiselle Andree Geulen said as she saved her pupils from hell. 

 

 

 

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Artist Sam Drukker - Minyan | Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam

Artist Sam Drukker - Minyan | Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Voor de installatie Minje portretteerde Sam Drukker tien joodse mannen die de Tweede Wereldoorlog als volwassen man hebben meegemaakt: een...
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Dutch artist Sam Drukker eternalized ten survivors of the Holocaust, men who were adults during WWII and who are still alive.Ten men to complete the Minyan, the quorum necessary to recite prayers.

Hallelujah!

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Dutch artist Sam Drukker eternalized ten survivors of the Holocaust, men who were adults during WWII and who are still alive.Ten men to complete the Minyan, the quorum necessary to recite prayers.

Hallelujah!

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Surviving WWII Underground

Surviving WWII Underground | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
Edwin de Vries vertelt unieke en vergeten onderduikverhalen uit de Tweede Wereldoorlog.
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Dutch Jews dug holes in the forests of Drenthe, one of the northern provinces of the Netherlands, to hide for the Nazis. Among survivors and children of survivors who visit the hiding places is a man who was was born underground  in 1944 and taken to foster parents. 

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TV Program The War - De Oorlog Episode 5: Survivor - Frieda Menco-Brommet

TV Program The War - De Oorlog Episode 5: Survivor - Frieda Menco-Brommet | Holocaust Holland | Scoop.it
De Oorlog (NPS), een tv-serie over de Tweede Wereldoorlog
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"Do you know any Second Generation Holocaust Survivors in the Netherlands?" My cousin in Los Angeles, a child survivor herself, asked me after we met for the first time in 1991.

"What do you mean? We all are," I said. "All Dutch Jews of my generation are,  and all Jewish people in the Netherlands older than me are child survivors or adult survivors."


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